Alligators! Nature's perfect ambush predator.
Alligators truly are natureís 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 Iím going to walk you through how an alligator goes about killing itís 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 itís eyes and nose to scan the surrounding area.
From here the alligator can very easily locate unweary prey that comes up to the waterís 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 itís unsuspecting victim at the waterís edge. Literally getting feet from itís prey without the animal knowing.
Then with the speed of a bullet lunges out and snaps down on itís prey, using jaws lined up with bone crushing teeth that can exert three thousand pounds of pressure per square inch. Once in these jaws itís all over there is pretty much no escape.
The alligator drags itís prey underwater and drowns it in minutes, and since the alligator can hold itís breath for and hour plus this isnít a problem at all.
This my friends is natureís 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 itís other crocodilian cousins are not only natureís perfect predators, but natureís best survival story.
About the Author: Stephen Bis is a wildlife enthusiast, who owns a website about the american alligator.