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The Biggest Alligator ever Found in South Carolina

Alligators live in the southeastern U.S. in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina. These large reptiles make themselves at home in swamps, marshes, ponds, rivers, lakes, and sometimes golf courses!

An average adult male alligator is 10-12 feet long and weighs 400-500 pounds. Females are closer to 8 feet long and around 200 pounds. But how big was the biggest alligator ever found in South Carolina? Let’s find out!

How big was the biggest alligator ever found in South Carolina?

The biggest alligator ever found in South Carolina was 13 feet 6 inches and weighed 1,025 pounds! It was caught by Maryellen Mara-Christian of Fitchburg, Mass., an experienced wild game hunter. Maryellen and her husband, Mark, found this monster on a guided hunt in Lake Moultrie, one of the lakes known today to have some of the biggest gators in the state. On September 15, 2010, they located the massive gator and, after a two-hour struggle, were able to kill it and bring it in. They got 40 pounds of edible meat from the gator and left the body with a taxidermist to display this remarkable catch.

Who can hunt alligators in South Carolina?

Each year, South Carolina issues around 1,000 alligator tags. Because the demand for these tags is so high, there is a yearly lottery to determine who will get one. You must be 16 years of age or older, and they allow resident and non-resident applicants. If chosen, you need to have a South Carolina hunting license. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources runs the alligator hunting program, and they monitor the number of alligators in each zone. South Carolina is broken down into four hunting zones, plus an area in the northwest part of the state where there is no hunting season. Let’s look at some of the biggest alligators ever found in each zone.

What is the biggest alligator ever found in the world?


The biggest “official” alligator ever found is the 15-foot long, 1,011.5 lb gator caught outside Camden, Alabama, near the Alabama River. This was caught by Mandy Stokes and her family in 2014 and is the current official record holder. There are also reports of the largest alligator dating back to the 1890s, killed by Edward Avery McIlhenny, a 17-year-old who was out duck hunting when he ran into the epic gator. It was reportedly 19.2 feet long and estimated to weigh more than 2,000 lbs! It was not found in South Carolina but in Marsh Land, Louisiana. If only cell phones had been invented then to take a selfie with such an enormous catch!

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