Jim, a husky (278 pounds) tattooed guy with a serious look in his eye, had been considering retirement for some time. The deciding moment took place in December, just two minutes into his regular show. He had placed his hand into the open mouth of a gator, just as he had thousands of times before. While this seems crazy, it’s only when something touches the inside of the gator’s mouth that the creature bites down. This time, Jim accidentally brushed a tooth. He described the sensation as “a door slamming on your hand. With sharp teeth.” His one hope was that the animal wouldn’t go into a death roll, the thrashing movement by which the reptiles dismantle prey too big to be swallowed whole. He figured that if that happened, he was done for.