Story at a glance

  • Video captured in South Carolina shows a huge gator chow down on one of its own.
  • The video was posted by Twitter user Taylor Soper last week.
  • Alligators are known to “eat almost anything,” including each other.

A giant alligator was caught on camera chomping down a smaller gator in a South Carolina lake in a clip that has since gone viral. 

The video was posted by Twitter user Taylor Soper last week who says the act of cannibalism occurred in his parent’s backyard in the Low Country area of South Carolina.  

“This happened in my parents backyard today,” Soper wrote. “The snack is a 6ft gator.”


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“My dad captures some good stuff all credit to him but he doesn’t have social media,” he wrote. 

The clip shows the huge alligator on the banks of a lake scarfing down the smaller reptile. The lower half and tail of the animal is seen hanging out of the gator’s mouth before the predator completely swallows its prey. 

Soper later posted additional videos showing the struggle that eventually led to the smaller gator's death. 

“Please update this with the location so I know never to go anywhere near there,” one Twitter user commented on the post that’s been viewed more than 4 million times. 

Alligators are known to “eat almost anything,” including each other, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. 


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Published on Oct 05, 2021