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Were Civil War Bullets Found In This 185 Year Old Alligator?

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Some time ago, a story went mega viral on the internet about a group of hunters from Vicksburg, Mississippi who’d allegedly killed an alligator that was 185 years old. Further, the story claimed that there were bullets in the hide of the creature from the Civil War, and it was conjectured that the animal had been used as target practice by Rebel soldiers.

The best science of the day states that though alligators can live for more than 50 years, and some have been known to live as long as 80, there is no evidence suggesting that an American alligator can or has lived for 185 years.

Though this story is false (and it seems to have originated from a satire site, anyway), what’s amazing is that there have been cases of alligator snapping turtles, that can live for nearly 200 years, being found with Native American Indian artifacts and Civil War artifacts in their carcasses.

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