Python eats Alligator in Florida's Everglades
December 16, 2006 8:23am CST
Does anyone remember this? I was going through my floppy discs. Trying to find some of my pet photos I had saved. I ran across these photos I had saved of this Python photo. It happened last year I do believe. A python's eyes were apparently bigger than its stomach. Scientists in Florida are puzzling over a Burmese python that scarfed down a six-foot alligator before its stomach ruptured. They found the carcasses in an isolated part of Florida's Everglades National Park. Photos show the gator's hind legs and tail sticking out of the 13-foot snake's ruptured gut. A helicopter pilot crossing the Florida's Everglades National Park. Came across this awesome yet disgusting find. He couldn't believe his eyes. Got a little closer and took the photo attached below. Specialists believe the alligator was alive when the battle began and it may have clawed at the python's stomach as the snake tried to digest it, leading to the explosion. Alligators have had to share their territory with a python population that has swelled over the past 20 years with owners dropping off pythons they no longer want in the Everglades. The Asian snakes have thrived in the wet, hot climate and have battled alligators with increasing frequency. Everglade scientists have documented four encounters in the last three years. The Miami Herald reports scientists can't figure out how the snake got the critter down. The snake's head is also missing. Experts say the clash is interesting, but it also shows the exotic snakes are competing with gators to top the food chain in the Everglades. Park biologist says they've documented 156 python captures in the last two years.