Alligator

The Alligator was originally a baby pet that was flushed down the toilet and ended up in the underground sewer network. It got mixed in with sewage and was found near the garbage dump, subsequently becoming infected after consuming contaminated food and water from the sewage pit. The t-Virus caused a huge size increase until the specimen was over 10 meters long.

Although originally an alligator is characteristically more docile compared to a crocodile, this individual became brutal and highly aggressive under influence of the t-Virus. In addition, it had the unusual characteristic of biting down on anything, whether it was food or not. It liked to lurk near to the garbage dump where it had a regular food source and would wait quietly underwater for anything unsuspecting to approach. There was only one recorded specimen in Raccoon City of this type, although two were later documented in the sewers of Sheena Island that displayed very similar characteristics. This creature was a special case as Umbrella had never created any alligator based experiments before or since.

Variant

GNAW

Gnaw was the name of a secondarily infected crocodile that lurked in the swamp enclosure of Raccoon Zoo. Unlike the alligator infected in the sewers, this crocodile did not suffer a dramatic increase in size, citing a clear distinction of how the t-Virus affects different species in different ways, despite them both being from the reptile family. However, it still grew to a size much bigger than a regular crocodile and experienced heightened aggression and hunger. Its hunting behaviour remained unchanged and it preferred to lurk under the surface of the water until its prey was nearby before leaping out at lightning quick speed.

The scales of its reptilian skin proved to be a useful natural armour and the animal suffered only minor skin degradation.

GATOR (MUTAMYCETE)

Gators are a local species of alligator that have been infected by the wild strain of Mutamycete Mold following Eveline’s death. Whilst this strain was originally thought to be fatally poisonous to animals, the Gators are shown to be able to survive infection, suggesting reptile-based creatures react favourably to the bacterium, unlike the fish inhabiting the swamps which are killed outright thanks to its natural toxicity.

Alternatively, it may be because the Mutamycete is evolving at an extraordinary speed as it spreads through the swamplands, adapting as it goes and allowing more infected species to survive. The result of infection on the Gators causes their body mass to swell to almost double their natural size. Their bodies are riddled with small but distinct tumours that are typically white in colour. Other small growths also appear, tough enough to penetrate their keratin scaled armour. Their eyes have also clouded over, suggesting impaired vision compensated by a highly evolved sense of instinct. Their overall attack patterns and ferocity appear unchanged and they will lurk quietly and stealthily under the surface of the water, only to launch into a devastating attack when their prey is within reach. They also like to hunt in packs as well as individually, suggesting their intelligence behaviour is also unchanged. But despite their intimidating size and razor-sharp teeth, Gators are quite weak and can be killed via one well-placed hit from a sharpened blade. Whether this new-found weakness is a result of Mold infection remains unknown.

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