When I used to live in Orlando, me and the wife would head down to Gatorland all the time. It’s fascinating, really, these strange dinosaur-like creatures. We fed them raw chicken once. Cool story, I know. Anyhow, in a sort-of follow up post to the whole “T-Rexes had the strongest bite ever” thing, it seems that the modern day king biter would be none other than the Australian saltwater crocodile.
[These crocodiles have] a bite force value of 3,700 pounds for a 17-foot saltwater crocodile (as well as tooth pressures of 350,000 pounds per square inch). That’s the highest bite force ever recorded — beating a 2,980-pound value for a 13-foot wild American alligator Erickson’s lab measured in 2005. They estimate that the largest extinct crocodilians, 35- to 40-foot animals, bit at forces as high as 23,100 pounds.
That’s crazy. What’s crazier, you ask? The deal I just found on these Croc shoes. Don’t judge. They breathe man, I’m telling you.
[Via Science Daily]