14-foot gator may be largest ever caught in Georgia

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(CNN) – Talk about beginners’ luck.

Derrick Snelson and his daughter Shelby may have caught the largest alligator in the state’s history.

It was the Georgia man’s second time gator hunting and his daughter Shelby’s first.

The possibly record-setting occurred earlier this month in Lake Eufaula, nearly 200 miles southwest of Atlanta.

The reptile measured 14 feet and 1 3/4 inches.

The owner of Lethal Guide Service, a hunting guide business, says the previous record was nearly 13 feet and 11 inches. However, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources hasn’t confirmed that yet.

The Snelson family has skinned the animal for the meat and will have the rest of the gator mounted, although they joke they may have to build a bigger house for it to fit.

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