Here's a story of a very large alligator in Texas. Not the biggest ever, but still pretty damn large.
Here's a picture of it taken a KTBS helicopter flying over Lake Conroe in Texas with a whole deer in its mouth! Think of how large it has to be to fit an entire deer in its mouth.
The alligator was found between Athens and Palestine, Texas near a house. How would you like to meet this fella in the dark? Never let it be said that they don't grow them big in Texas. Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator as he clearly could devour an entire family for lunch.
Apparently, the locals could hear the bellowing in the night.
Neighbors had been saying around the street that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but every story was dismissed as exaggerations. "I didn't believe it," Charles Rogers (on neighbor) said. This past Friday they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast.
This last picture is of Joe Goff, 6ft.5″ tall, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, walks past the 23ft.1″ alligator that he shot and killed in the Rogers back yard.