There is no denying that the American Alligator is an apex predator within its habitat. These large, loathsome creatures can grow to nearly the length of a sedan, and can weigh upwards of half-a-ton.
These are essentially dinosaurs walking among us, and there are very few creatures outside of human beings that dare to tangle with adult alligators.
An enormous specimen recently hunted and killed in South Carolina certainly had his run of the roost, as the contents of his stomach detail a two-decade rampage in the Palmetto State.
The owner of a butcher and taxidermy shop in Ravenel, South Carolina, said his team recently discovered five dog tags and several other items inside the belly of a 12-foot alligator.
“The gator, which weighed in at 445 pounds, was killed by Ned McNeely, who owns the Adams Run property where he found it,” WCSC reported Friday.
He transported the creature to Cordray’s to have it processed where the team later found the items, the outlet said.
But this is where things got truly interesting…
He asked the shop’s Kenneth Cordray about looking inside the alligator’s stomach and Cordray said that is not something the team normally does but decided to grant his request.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, the business shared photos of the animal and detailed the other items the employee’s found.
“5 dog tags, 1 bullet jacket, 1 spark plug, loads of turtle shells, and several bobcat claws were inside. Two of the tags were legible and one phone number still worked. The owner said he had that lease 24 years ago and those were from his deer dogs. Pretty interesting,” the post read […]
Ned McNeely brought in this 12’ long 445 lb. private land gator this morning! We don’t usually open up the stomach but…
As for the alligator, McNeely has said that he’s having troubling convincing his wife to allow him to have it mounted in the home.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.