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. Catherine Suddarth | November 30, 2014 at 3:19 am | Reply

    Tell me why this animal was killed?? Just because??? I would say a 185 year old animal earned the right to life. You guys who are so proudly showing this creature off are a bunch of assholes!

    • Gator meat tastes great, that’s why!

    • They didn’t KNOW it was that old, and they made a great contribution to science in showing us that they can live twice as long as we thought before. They is no other possible way we would have made such a discovery…you certainly can’t take one in alive that big, and again, it’s not like you could see a huge gator in the wild and know it’s old. It was good fortune that their necessary hunting (necessary for conservation to reduce overpopulation) also helped us make a discovery that would never have happened otherwise.

    • “earned a right to life”

      Follow up question: You’re pro-life, right?

  2. Why the article didn’t mention why these people killed the alligator!? Why is it not important?! Why they murdered the animal?

  3. They killed it because they had a permit to do so, legally. You tree huggers don’t like it, get the laws changed, but until then, shut your pie holes and get a friggin life. This gator was killed to be eaten, get over it. When they get this big, they taste just like bald eagle, ask me how I know!

  4. Why not hunt the many Feral hogs and be a sportsman by leaving these old boys alone for someone else to admire in the wild. Maybe they would continue to help protect us from illegal immigrants.

  5. Just to dispel some of the erroneous comments made: This alligator undoubted has mercury levels that are sky high and only an unfortunate and ignorant person would eat it. So killing it for food is off the table. Reptiles are animals, and some reptiles even give live birth, though alligators do indeed lay eggs, but that doesn’t make them any more or less of an animal. This animal survived this long only to end up as a trophy for idiots. Like it or not, large predators are NECESSARY in an ecosystem to keep it balanced.

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