What Is an Alligator’s Bite Pressure?

What Is an Alligator’s Bite Pressure?Alligator bite pressure varies slightly depending on the species, however saltwater crocodiles have the most powerful bites. At any given time, their jaws may create up to 3,700 pounds per square inch (or 16,460 newtons) of bite pressure. Crocodile biting force is equivalent to that of past predators like the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The American alligator has one of the most powerful bites of all the crocodile species in the United States. With each snap of their jaws, these monsters radiate a great amount of strength, enough to instantaneously destroy their target. Alligator bites are more powerful than those produced by humans and many other animals.

When humans bite into meat, such as chicken, steak, or pork, they produce roughly 890 newtons of bite force, or 150 to 200 psi, in comparison to alligators. When carnivorous land mammals like lions, tigers, and hyenas close their jaws on prey, they produce around 1,000 psi, or 4,450 newtons of force. Alligator bite pressure varies slightly based on the species, as well as gender (males have stronger bites) and size of the animal (the largest animals have more powerful bites).

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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