USA: Hunters Find Bullets from American Civil War in 185-Year Old Alligator’s Hide


Vicksburg| A group of Mississippi hunters who shot and killed an alligator weighting 910 pounds (413 kilograms) on Sunday, were amazed when they discovered that the animal already bore injuries caused by musket ammunitions from the Civil War era. A total of 9 spherical projectiles was found, and the various tests and analysis realized on them have confirmed that they were indeed fired at the animal in the 19th Century.

Nine of the wounds on the animal are believed to have been caused by Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-muskets. These old injuries were concentrated around the animals tail and hind legs, suggesting that the reptile could have possibly been used as a target for shooting practise by Confederate troops.

The huge animal also bore five other bullet wounds from three different calibers of hunting rifles, as well as many dents and scars, which shows that it survived many firearm injuries in the past. It did not however, survive the six .50-caliber bullets fired at him by the group of amateur hunters from Jackson, who were finally able to take it down.

The bullets were confirmed as authentic musket ammunitions from between 1850 and 1870.

The bullets were confirmed as authentic musket ammunitions from between 1850 and 1870.

This incredible animal specimen brings a whole new perspective on this large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. American alligators have been known for years to live well over 50 years and were thought capable of possibly living as long as 70 of 80 years, but this unique specimen was estimated to have been 185 years old at the time of its death.

Other reptiles like turtles, have been known to have lifespans of over 150 years, but it is the first specimen of crocodilian of such an old age ever found. It is also one of the biggest alligators ever killed in the United States. The heaviest ever recorded, weighing in at a staggering 1,011.5 lbs, was pulled out of a river in Alabama in August of this year.


9 Comments on "USA: Hunters Find Bullets from American Civil War in 185-Year Old Alligator’s Hide"

  1. Complete and utter nob ends. I hope an Alligator eats them and their family…

  2. I guess these hunters should have carded this croc to see how old it was before shooting it. Now we have a chance to learn more about these creatures because of its apparent age. Crocodiles are plentiful in the wilds of the southeast, or hunters would not be allowed to hunt them. Because they survived the extinction of the other dinosaurs, much larger than them, they have no natural predators to control their population except man. As a long time hunter and conservationist I have seen what happens to animal species when they become overpopulated in a given area. I’ve seen deer herds almost disappear in states like Missouri in the ’70s. I’ve seen starvation in Kentucky deer herds also in the ’70s. Now we’re seeing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and Blue Tongue in deer herds within regions through the midwest as far west as Colorado. Deer are beautiful animals, and I like to watch them frolic, but we have to hunt them because we’ve driven their natural predators into more remote areas to protect people and livestock. Crocodiles and alligators have to be culled as well to keep their numbers healthy and keep the species alive well into the future. All the comments here about murderers are posted by people who do not understand our role in the balance of nature. The political comments are posted by people with even less knowledge to base their opinions on.

    • Crocs do not benefit from being hunted in America. Deer are an excellent choice! Yet humanity all around the world have hunted almost everything to oblivion. With all the hunting=conservation logic you’d think the buffalo would be doing better. The deer population’s trouble is due to hunters taking all the predators.

    • Of course, this kill was an extraordinary alligator…which can be sustainably hunted to a degree. For crocodiles that’s not the case. They are in dire straits indeed.

    • leave animals alone.they dont kill us to we shouldnt either

  3. The great thing about this is that those hunters could careless about what any of you think…

  4. I love eating Aligator. It is very tasty and we have thousands of them on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They are very beautiful animals, but they are not to be messed with.

    • so kill them instead of stay away from them.idiots use any sick twisted selfish excuse to kill.get a life.and a grocery store or plant a garden

  5. I tackle ‘gators with my bare hands. None of those pussy rifles for me.

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