Huge cannibalistic alligator caught on camera tenderizing small alligator in Florida spring

A large-headed cannibal alligator was filmed tenderizing a smaller alligator it was about to eat at a Florida spring.

Kayla Jane of Kayla Jane’s Crystal Kayaks took the footage at Silver Springs in Florida, a historic tourist attraction, and posted it to Facebook. The alligator, nicknamed Big Head Fred, can be seen with a much smaller alligator in its jaws. The alligator then swings the smaller creature backwards and slams it into the ground. It is not known if the little alligator is already dead at this time, but it seems motionless.

Big Head Fred then swings the alligator back once more and knocks it to the ground.

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This alligator has been known to eat other alligators before, and it is not uncommon for the reptiles to engage in cannibalism.

Alligators can eat each other for several reasons. They are extremely territorial creatures, which can cause them to kill and eat each other. Survival may be another reason for this behavior, depending on other available prey sources.

Florida is home to 1.3 million alligators. They are found in all 67 counties of the state, whose population exceeds 21 million. Although reptiles appear aggressive, they generally pose little danger to humans unless directly provoked.

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A Florida alligator nicknamed Big Head Fred (not pictured) was filmed eating a smaller member of the species.
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Another video posted on Crystal Kayaks by Kayla Jane shows Big Head Fred’s “latest victim” floating in the water.

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“Big Head Fred’s latest victim, No head Ted,” a caption read in the video.

The footage shows an alligator lying in the water with its belly up. The alligator’s head seems to have completely disappeared. It’s unclear if this was the same alligator that Fred beat up in the last video.

The first video received 1,600 likes on Facebook and received over 200 comments. Social media users expressed surprise at the alligator’s behavior.

” Interesting ! I didn’t know alligators ate other alligators! one says. Another said: “Where was that because I want to stay away from Fred.”

A user suspected Fred of trying to extract smaller pieces from the tiny alligator.

“Fred tries to pull off pieces small enough to swallow. Alligators eat their prey fresh. Crocodiles tend to stick things under a log for a while to soften them,” they commented.

“Hey Fred!!! I think it’s already dead!!! Daaaaang,” said another social media user.

“Alligators prefer prey they can swallow whole, so if it’s [too] big, he’ll tear it up first. Looks like he’s trying to rip his head off so he can swallow it,” another Facebook user said.

Newsweek contacted Kayla Jane for comment.

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