I just watched a recorded special from the National Geographic Chanel called “Dangerous Encounters: Bite Force”. It’s the second time I’ve watched it but it was still great. The guy went around recording the bite force in pounds of different animals. I wrote down the results…
For many of these results in the wild, it probably wasn’t the strongest they could be. For example, the strongest reading for the African Wild Dogs was when they were fighting with each other, not all focused on biting down. The hyena reading was actually 600 lbs on a juvenile, but there’s been other recordings around 1000. The Great White Shark was not in “attack mode”. The Lion wasn’t attacking either. And the Croc was actually tired because they wrestled him for about an hour (he was 14 feet long!). In other words, for the wild animals, these were actual recordings but probably conservative to what they can really do!
I love this stuff. I need some dinner.
UPDATE: During dinner I watched an episode of Dirty Jobs when Mike Rowe went to a snake farm. They said on there that the American Alligator has the strongest bite force. So I went online and found an article saying the same thing. Now I know there is a difference between a crocodile and an alligator, but I don’t know about the bite force. Prolly’bout the same. Either way, I don’t wanna stick my hand near one!