Burmese pythons are considered an invasive species in the Florida Everglades. For the last 20 years, the giant, deadly snakes have quickly adapted to the warm, wet environment of the swamps. Even though the python’s population numbers are exploding, they still don’t outnumber the fearsome alligators.
So, the two species are bound to meet…and sometimes, this happens.
Pictured below are the remains of a 13-foot python that attempted to eat a 6-foot long alligator. As you can tell from the picture, it didn’t end well for the python (or the alligator). Its torso burst after consuming about half of the gator. Park rangers speculate that the gator might have clawed out the snake’s insides as it was being eaten.
Encounters between pythons and alligators are pretty rare in the Everglades. Usually, when they happen, it’s the alligators who win, not the pythons.
As Burmese pythons continue to multiply in the swamps of Florida, alligators may find their place in the food chain being challenged.
That must have been one heck of a fight between the alligator and the python. Not that I would have stuck around long enough to watch it.