Alligator Spotted Missing Half of Its Upper Jaw Sparks a Heavy Rescue Effort

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 6, 2023
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Viewer discretion advised: This news casting shares photos of an alligator missing the upper half of its jaw. Viewer discretion is advised for sensitive viewers or for those who are squeamish.

A rare sighting was found of a small alligator that is actually missing half of its jaw. Wait, let’s read that again. Yes! It is actually missing half of its mouth.  This sighting was found in Sanford, Florida when it was sighted at Wilson’s Landing Park. Let’s take a look at what the news reported when this sighting happened. 

Jaw Dropping Sighting 

Okay, the pun was absolutely intended there. However, it is very sad when we think about it. When we dive deeper into the possibilities of how and why this has happened. As we can imagine, the jaw is a very important part of any animal’s ability to survive. Especially for those in the wild who do not have the proper care when limbs go missing or other issues are wrong, and they cannot receive care. 

The next video below takes us to Sanford. Where Fox 35 Orlando news reports on the alligator that was found near Central Florida missing half of its jaw. According to the Fox 35 Orlando YouTube page, they offer their description of what happened with this alligator, which is found below.

“A gator missing half of its mouth was spotted in Sanford, Florida. Rescuers are racing against the clock to find it. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission tried to catch the gator but he eluded them.” 

As they stated in the video below, it is not only necessary, but it is dire for this animal to be captured for its safety. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is doing its best to capture this alligator missing the upper half of its jaw. A wildlife specialist shares her expertise that if this alligator is not caught soon, it could be fatal for this alligator. 

How Strong is an Alligator’s Jaw?

Gator from Lakeland Florida

Alligators have huge jaws and are known for chomping up their prey!

©iStock.com/Alex Pankratov

One of the things that an alligator is well known for is the strength of its jaw and its bite force. The alligator has a bite force of 2,000 PSI. The Erie Zoo helps to put this in comparison by sharing that lions have a bite force of 600 PSI. And humans have a bite force of 120 PSI. 

So, based on this information alone, an alligator missing half of its jaw is extremely detrimental to its way of life. 

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © Jaimie Tuchman/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images


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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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