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Man Strokes Alligator's Tongue In Terrifying Slow-Motion Video

He barely makes it out before the 12-foot creature snaps his jaws shut.

A slow-motion video going viral shows a man touching an alligator's tongue with his hand in a terrifying daredevil stunt.

Jason McDonald, 34, thrusts his palm into the jaws of "Elvis" at the Colorado Gator Farm in Mosca, Colorado. He then quickly strokes the reptile's tongue, and removes his outstretched fingers just before the creature snaps its mouth firmly shut.

McDonald, a gator wrestler who runs his own video company, told The Huffington Post that he has worked with Elvis on several stunts over the years and almost been caught twice -- but not on this particular occasion.

Jason McDonald with Elvis the alligator.
Jason McDonald with Elvis the alligator.

"The very first time I tried that trick I was super nervous," the 34-year-old said via email.

He explained that alligators have a jaw pressure of over 2,000 pounds per square inch, so "if he bit you, he would keep whatever you put in his mouth."

"Now doing that trick is no big deal, but it certainly isn't for everyone," said McDonald, who is also the farm's head of social media.

McDonald used a GoPro camera and a new mount to film the stunt in April, according to video site Newsflare.

American alligators can live for up to 50 years in the wild, according to National Geographic. They can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and reach 15 feet in length. 

The animals mainly feed on fish, turtles, snakes and small mammals -- but have been known to eat pets and humans.

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