An alligators’ nickname comes from its large, powerful jaws and its ability to rip open car windows and smash through walls.
But a new study suggests that the nickname may have more to do with its size.
The University of Arizona researchers used the alligator to study its jaw strength.
They measured the jaw strength of four different alligators and used the results to create an equation that described their bite force and bite strength.
In this study, the alligators used were a male and a female.
The researchers then created a model that described how the all-igator might perform a single bite.
“In terms of the bite force, we found that alligators that had larger jaws were stronger and could do a single, very large bite,” said researcher David Smith, a wildlife biologist at the University of Florida.
“It was about 2 to 2.5 times stronger than the other animals.”
The researchers used an alligator’s bite force to describe the strength of its jaws.
The researchers found that an alligators bite force of 2.6 kilograms (4.6 pounds) was the strongest the team could find, a value that they attributed to its large size.
The alligators also had more force when compared to a small, alligator.
“The alligators had a strong bite force that was well above the strength and power of other alligators,” Smith said.
The alligator is the only species in the world that can grow up to 8 feet (2.5 meters) and weigh up to 600 pounds (270 kilograms).
The researchers also found that when alligators were in water, they had the ability to use their powerful jaws to pull up large fish and other prey from shallow water.
“These guys had the most powerful jaws in the all of the all the allogas,” Smith added.
The study appears in the journal Scientific Reports.