Swamp People: 10 Most Legendary Monsters
Alligator mississippiensis, sometimes referred to as a gator, is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the south eastern United States The gator is considerably larger than the other extant alligator species and is the real star of A&E’s Swamp People.
In the farthest corner of Louisiana lies the USA’s largest swamp – a hidden world where nature rules… and man fights back. In this Swamp People special, they countdown the ten most legendary monsters of the swamp!
Some gators have name for their size, many have a name for their bite. Leo, named for the Latin for Lion, has a name for his roar.
This is a gator with history and a connection with the First Nation inhabitants of this part of the Bayou, near Houma in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
The people of Pierre Part, Louisiana are predominantly of French ancestry, of families who either came directly from France or those whose came from Canada (Acadia),
Until the early- to mid-twentieth century the people almost exclusively spoke Cajun French at home. Gator hunters and regulars to Swamp People, brothers Jacob and Chase Landry are from this part of the world where the English language is not often heard spoken (in a form we’d recognise) by the locals.
The gator is an apex predator and consumes fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including the occasional, unfortunate human.
Whilst a terrifying remnant from a prehistory, gators play an important role as ecosystem engineers in wetland ecosystems through the creation of alligator holes, which provide both wet and dry habitats for other organisms. Throughout the year, during the breeding season, gators (like the late Leo) bellow loudly declaring territory and locating suitable mates.
Historically, hunting had decimated their population, and the American alligator was listed as an endangered species by the US Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Subsequent conservation efforts have allowed their numbers to increase significantly and the species was removed from the list in 1987. The gator is once again hunted, much more sustainably than in the past, for their skins and meat by skilled trackers and hunters like the Landry Brothers in A&E’s Swamp People.