Python explodes after trying to eat alligator

Python explodes after trying to eat alligator

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    Python explodes after trying to eat alligator

    I am not making this up.

    LINK TO STORY HERE..AND PICTURE!

    MIAMI*Oct 6, 2005 *The alligator has some foreign competition at the top of the Everglades food chain, and the results of the struggle are horror-movie messy.

    A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said.

    The incident has heightened biologists' fears that the nonnative snakes could threaten a host of other animal species in the Everglades.

    "It means nothing in the Everglades is safe from pythons, a top-down predator," said Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor.

    Over the years, many pythons have been abandoned in the Everglades by pet owners.

    The gory evidence of the latest gator-python encounter the fourth documented in the past three years was discovered and photographed last week by a helicopter pilot and wildlife researcher.

    The snake was found with the gator's hindquarters protruding from its midsection. Mazzotti said the alligator may have clawed at the python's stomach as the snake tried to digest it.

    In previous incidents, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw.

    "There had been some hope that alligators can control Burmese pythons," Mazzotti said. "This indicates to me it's going to be an even draw. Sometimes alligators are going to win and sometimes the python will win."

    It is unknown how many pythons are competing with the thousands of alligators in the Everglades, but at least 150 have been captured in the past two years, said Joe Wasilewski, a wildlife biologist and crocodile tracker.

    Pythons could threaten many smaller species that conservationists are trying to protect, including other reptiles, otters, squirrels, woodstorks and sparrows, Mazzotti said.

    Wasilewski said a 10- or 20-foot python also could pose a risk to an unwary human, especially a child. He added, however, "I don't think this is an imminent threat. This is not a `Be afraid, be very afraid' situation.'"
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    I'm also adding this lovely picture of a two-headed turtle.

    photo by: Claudia Daut/Reuters
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    The most disturbing thing like that which I've ever seen was the two headed rattlesnake. THAT is just creepy. What's really weird is that one head was vestigial but perfectly formed anyway, and its mouth even opened and closed sometimes.

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    Ya gotta hate it when that happens!

    I don't know who to root for in this story....I'm not real big on snakes or gators
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    I'm not convinced that this is on the level; somethin' just don't seem right here.

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    Oh No

    Not yet another exploding giant snake story.
    I am getting so tired of reading about exploding Pythons.
    Doggonit...if it's not a Python exploding it's an Anaconda or a Boa Constrictor blowing up.
    Nice Two Headed Turtle Though.

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    Bad news for Colt then!!
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    This sounds feasible to me. I know where I come from Rattlesnakes will sometimes try to swallow ridiculously large things and get killed in the process.

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    Heard about it on the Raido this morning Wild for sure

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    Poor little gator.
    Stops Jihad on Contact

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    Just imagine - it could've been preserved for eternity like the fossil fish eating fish.

    And here's a lovely picture of a two-headed snake (no, not a politician).
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