The TV show, Swamp People recently put alligator hunting through the murky Louisiana bayous “on the map” but people around the world have been hunting alligators and crocodiles far before “swamp people” were coined their catchy nickname.
The sometimes 6 meter long Nile crocodile, native to Africa has a far better nickname, “the man eater”.
Though their minimal profile may seem like an easy target, the kill zone on these tougher-than-leather creatures is about half the size of your fist, and when they are down in a splash, good luck pulling 300- 500 kilos easily out of the water- or getting a clean second shot.
Stalking patiently for the right moment is just as important as stalking the crocodile or alligator itself. Because alligators are active in the evening and at night, night captures are common but more dangerous.
A swampy delta may look placid and uninteresting during the daytime but switches to something completely unknown and unusual to the non-native at night- not to mention fighting and wrestling a 'gator at night. Yeehaw!
Varieties: Aligator, Nile Crocodile
Scientific name: Crocodylinae
Size: Length: 4.1 – 5.2 m
Weight: 250 – 1000 kg
Lifespan: 40-100 years
Methods: Bow hunting, Stalking
Continent(s): Africa, North America, China