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Simon Hughes from Texas was on a hunting trip with his father when he saw the giant 3.7m-long, 365kg reptile.
The schoolboy shouted "holy moly" and grabbed his junior-sized .410-gauge shotgun before killing the massive alligator with a single shot, the Houston Chronicle reports.
"I wasn't afraid for a second — next year I'm going to kill me a bigger alligator," he told a local TV network.
Simon said he planned to take the alligator's mounted head into his school for show-and-tell.
next year I'm going to kill me a bigger alligator," he told a local TV network.