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.


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

  1. I tink de allegator woullld have elvolved in2 a perzon and ran for kong ress. Dey shouldnt killed it.

  2. Tywin Lannister | November 29, 2014 at 2:15 am | Reply

    Repugnant. No respect for wild species, not even a supercentenarian.

  3. Great job guys that was a nice one wished I could be so lucky ! And for all you haters I hope y’all get to swim with the gators one day . Their are way too many gators in al fl ms and la like it is they need to be thinned out think about it they live to be all most 200 years old and produce more every year

    • Shayne Westmoreland | November 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm |

      I wish i could just handle guys like you and them… you idiots would be praying to be fed to the gators….

    • You man enough, Shayne Westmoreland? If so, come get you some “handling” and stop “wishing.” If actions don’t follow words, then it’s ‘sound and fury, signifying NOTHING.’ You’ll find “us” in the swamp, eating toothy lizards, admiring the wild orchids. Enjoy your TV dinners…… we’re eatin’ fresh.

    • Shanya, I bet you wish you could “handle” them but I am positive they are not your type.

    • your ignorant

  4. People are saying poor alligator.Do y`all even seen or live around these alligators.They will eat your dogs,cats,smaller alligators and you. Gator this size is dangerous. He lived a long time,ate a lot.

    • This is what I know from my personal experience growing up in Florida in the 60’s and 70’s. We swam in fresh water lakes all the time. We knew the gators were there too. they never bothered us. You could say they were just as scared of us. If there were swimmers around the gator/s would move to the other side of the lake. They did not stalk or prey on us humans. Aligators are not aggressive like crocodiles. Here’s the thing, I never heard of a single incidence until the late 70’s and 80’s when folks from the north moving into areas. Not understanding, they started feeding them. Then yes when you feed a wild animal like a pet and your dog goes to take a splash in the pond and the gator comes after it then you call them dangereous!

    • well, for him to live this long he must have been doing something right. lots of things will eat your cats & dogs. he had the right to stay alive for the main fact he was so old.

  5. confused_individual | November 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm | Reply

    Alligators are apex predators. Their bodies contain concentrated pollutants. A big — and consequently old — one like that would not be good to eat.

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