The freshwater bass is an underestimated predator — documented feasting on frogs, snakes, and even baby alligators.
In North America, freshwater fish in the genus Micropterus are also known as black basses and are a highly regarded game fish. These animals are widespread throughout the eastern regions of North America, including parts of Canada and Mexico.
Although plain in appearance, these black basses are especially prized by American anglers who have created entire cultures centered around bass fishing. Micropterus grow to an average of 20 inches in length although the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) often exceeds three feet.
Black basses boast enormous mouths capable of opening to a massive size, attributing to a highly varied and flexible diet. Two of the largest black bass species, the largemouth and the smallmouth bass, are notoriously indiscriminate feeders.
We found this 14-inch largemouth bass (living up to its name) with a bullfrog in its mouth while surveying Lake Iowa! pic.twitter.com/1TrT59XqQN
— Iowa DNR (@iowadnr) June 18, 2015
They will eat whatever they can fit into their greedy mouths and surprisingly they are generally the apex predators within a given environment. Smaller fish, insects, worms, crayfish, snails, frogs, snakes, small birds, mammals, and even baby alligators are all on the menu.
In the video below, you can watch bass devouring frogs and baby alligators in Florida’s waterways.