Skip to main content

Behemoth Georgia Gator Wows the Internet

Behemoth Georgia Gator Wows the Internet

Georgia state wildlife biologist Brent Howze pictured with the 13-foot, 4-inch gator near Lake Blackshear. (Photo courtesy of Georgia DNR)

The report and photo of a huge alligator found recently in South Georgia has been making the rounds on the internet, prompting some to ask if it was real.

The viral photo of the 13-foot, 4-inch gator was not fake, says the Georgia DNR — wildlife biologist Brent Howze is even pictured with the behemoth — and it’s one of the heaviest ever reported in the state.

The gator, estimated at around 700 pounds, was found alive, but in poor condition, in an irrigation ditch near Lake Blackshear by a local farmer. The animal was still alive when it was found, and Howze estimated the animal had been in the ditch for as long as a week, which represented “very unusual behavior.”

“Once it was moved up to land, they noticed several wounds, some of which appeared to be old gunshot wounds,” DNR spokesperson Melissa Cummings said in an email to Game & Fish. “The animal was euthanized due to its poor condition.


”It is a testament to Georgia’s alligator management program that alligators can grow to this size.”


While the gator was huge by any standard, it’s not the longest or heaviest in Georgia history.

According to DNR records, the longest gator ever harvested during Georgia’s alligator hunting season (began in 2003) was 14-1 — out of Lake Walter F. George in 2015 (aka Lake Eufaula).

Records also show a gator taken during the 2011 season weighed 860 pounds — it also measured 13-4.

“Male alligators can grow up to 16 feet in length, although 14-footers are rare, and female alligators can grow up to 10 feet,” Cummings said.


Howze emphasized the only way a alligator can grow as large as the Blackshear find is by avoiding humans.

For more info on alligators in Georgia check out this fact sheet.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Tactacam Fish-I Action Camera

Tactacam Fish-I Action Camera

Tactacam founder Ben Stern highlights the features of the Fish-I action camera with In-Fisherman associate publisher Todd Ceisner as part of the ICAST New Fishing Gear Guide.

Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel

Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel

In-Fisherman's Managing Editor, Rob Neuman, sits down with bass pro Josh Douglas, to get insight on the all-new ShimanoVanford spinning reel. It features a LongStroke Spool for long-distance casting. The Vanford spinning reel will be available in 7 sizes: 500-5000. MSRP: $299.99 - $239.99.

P-Line Copolymer Topwater Fishing Line

P-Line Copolymer Topwater Fishing Line

Get the inside info on the new topwater-specific fishing line; ICAST Fishing Gear Guide.

Veto Pebble Mine Campaign

Veto Pebble Mine Campaign

Veto Pebble Mine Campaign

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

More adjustability and improved balance make these nine compounds even easier to shoot.The Best Compound Bows for 2020 Bows

The Best Compound Bows for 2020

Jace Bauserman - August 24, 2020

More adjustability and improved balance make these nine compounds even easier to shoot.

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?5 Great Lures For Bluegills Other Freshwater

5 Great Lures For Bluegills

Stephen D. Carpenteri - March 10, 2011

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?

Starting opening day, there's a small window to tag out before pressure impacts buck movement. Make the most of it.Quick-Strike Tips for Early Archery Deer Success Whitetail

Quick-Strike Tips for Early Archery Deer Success

Tony Peterson - August 18, 2020

Starting opening day, there's a small window to tag out before pressure impacts buck movement....

Want to test the outer limits of your shooting skill? You'll need a cartridge that lives up to the expectations demanded at ranges up to and beyond 500, 600 or even 1,000 yards. Try these different loads until you find the one that thumps steel at long ranges consistently.10 Best Long-Range Rifle Cartridges Ever Made Ammo

10 Best Long-Range Rifle Cartridges Ever Made

David Hart - January 14, 2015

Want to test the outer limits of your shooting skill? You'll need a cartridge that lives up to...

See More Trending Articles

More News

New York City is a gun control utopia, where benevolent politicians including Gotham's mayor are hell-bent on making it as difficult as possible for guns to be a part of a free society.A Living Hell: New York's Gun Control Utopia News

A Living Hell: New York's Gun Control Utopia

Larry Keane - September 10, 2020

New York City is a gun control utopia, where benevolent politicians including Gotham's mayor...

Fake websites pretending to sell licenses have increased as state DNRs move to online fulfillment.Beware of Internet Hunting and Fishing License Sales Scams News

Beware of Internet Hunting and Fishing License Sales Scams

Andrew McKean - September 15, 2020

Fake websites pretending to sell licenses have increased as state DNRs move to online...

Recent weather has scrambled early season concentrations of mourning doves and whitewings, but those same conditions could be setting the stage for a fantastic two-week run of early teal for the Lone Star State.2020 Early Teal Forecast for Texas: Perfect Storm Could Deliver Epic Hunting Forecast

2020 Early Teal Forecast for Texas: Perfect Storm Could Deliver Epic Hunting

Lynn Burkhead - September 11, 2020

Recent weather has scrambled early season concentrations of mourning doves and whitewings, but...

Autumn hunting seasons are fast approaching and if early numbers on hunting license sales are any indication, the coronavirus pandemic isn't keeping America's outdoorsmen and women from planning to visit their camps, stands and fields.So Far, COVID Not Slowing Down Hunters News

So Far, COVID Not Slowing Down Hunters

Larry Keane - September 14, 2020

Autumn hunting seasons are fast approaching and if early numbers on hunting license sales are...

See More News

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now