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Alligators! Nature's Perfect Ambush Predator. - Articles Surfing
Alligators truly are nature's best ambush predators. The simple fact that they have been existence since the age of the dinosaurs is amazing. Within this long period of time they have not at all changed except that they are a little smaller. If you can go back 100 million years ago and catch a glimpse of an alligator it would look exactly the same. With that being said they must have a pretty darn good survival strategy, one that includes hunting and eating other living creatures.
Now I'm going to walk you through how an alligator goes about killing it's prey, I want you to imagine being the alligator. It all starts with the alligators ingenious natural design. At the top of their head is their eyes and snout. So the alligator can completely submerge its body leaving only it's eyes and nose to scan the surrounding area.
From here the alligator can very easily locate unweary prey that comes up to the water's edge looking for a drink. Then suddenly it vanishes not to be seen underwater. This is where the alligator is deadliest, evolution has granted alligators the ability to hold their breath for literally hours underwater.
Next, more quite and undetected than a stealth bomber, the alligator creeps closer and closer to it's unsuspecting victim at the water's edge. Literally getting feet from it's prey without the animal knowing.
Then with the speed of a bullet lunges out and snaps down on it's prey, using jaws lined up with bone crushing teeth that can exert three thousand pounds of pressure per square inch. Once in these jaws it's all over there is pretty much no escape.
The alligator drags it's prey underwater and drowns it in minutes, and since the alligator can hold it's breath for and hour plus this isn't a problem at all.
This my friends is nature's perfect ambush predator. There is no other creature that has been using the same hunting technique for over 100 million years, never once having to change a bit. The American alligator along with it's other crocodilian cousins are not only nature's perfect predators, but nature's best survival story.
Copyright © 1995 - Photius Coutsoukis (All Rights Reserved).
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