What Is the Bite Pressure of an Alligator?

The biting pressure of alligators varies slightly between species, with saltwater crocodiles possessing the hardest bites. Their jaws can create bite pressure of up to 3,700 pounds per square inch or 16,460 newtons. Crocodiles exert a bite force comparable to that of extinct predators such as the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The American alligator possesses one of the most powerful bites among all crocodile species in the United States. With each snap of their jaws, these monsters unleash a tremendous amount of force sufficient to instantaneously kill their prey. The bite force of alligators surpasses that of humans and the majority of other animals. In compared to alligators, humans generate around 890 newtons of bite force, or 150 to 200 psi, when biting into poultry, beef, or pig. When carnivorous terrestrial mammals such as lions, tigers, and hyenas close their jaws on prey, they generate around 4,450 newtons, or 1,000 psi. The bite pressure generated by alligators differs slightly according on species, gender (males have stronger bites), and animal size (the largest animals have more powerful bites).

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