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What is the largest alligator on record?

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As of 2015, the largest alligator on record is 741 pounds. It was caught in 2013 in Mississippi during an annual hunting tournament.

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Hunters are given permits and allowed to kill two alligators each during an annual 7-day alligator hunting season in Mississippi. The hunting tournament prevents the alligators from overpopulating and becoming a problem. The State Wildlife department says this hunting is greatly needed according to the Independent. In 2013, Dalco Turner killed the record-setting alligator, which weighed 741.5 lbs and measured 13 feet, 6.5 inches, on September 8, 2013. That same week, a 723-lb. alligator and 727-lb. alligator were also captured and killed.

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