Online Civil War-era gator story a hoax, biologist says

Website’s claim of 185-year-old gator found with Confederate bullets untrue

You might have seen a recent story circulating online about a 185-year-old  MIssissippi gator found with Confederate bullets in its body.

I suppose that’s slightly more believable than a 300-pound alligator snapping turtle riddled with Native American arrowheads, but the moral of the story is: Don’t believe everything you read online.

The tall tale is a complete fabrication, although the picture accompanying it was a then-state record Mississippi gator taken in 2012.

Click here for the rest of the story from a biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.