Alligators are not the worst things to run into in the Everglades

There are new predators in the Everglades that eat alligators whole :eek: :
MSNBC News article

Associated Press
Updated: 4:42 p.m. ET Oct. 5, 2005

MIAMI - 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.
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The incident has heightened biologists’ fears that the non-native 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.”

Lol … small children = not at the top of the food chain :wink:

I like children, but I don’t think I could eat a whole one.

And this is why we should burn all tropical forests to the ground.

Yes, don’t get me started about all the dangerous animals in africa … and that’s before you even leave the footpath. After that you get lions, elephants, hippo’s and flys which bite you and make you die in your sleep.

Burn Baby Burn!

from the best site for ghoulishness this side of stile: [disturbing images]

Christ, cnlson! Where did you find those? :Z I just wonder if the guy was already dead, because wouldn’t you be able to keep a python from swallowing you head-first? It takes them a really long time to swallow their prey…

if something that big was wrapped around you… sometime in there you would be dead. be it before during or after.

Was that a proposal?

Run MF! CNLSON is unleashing his snake!

I thought only Boa Constrictors wrapped themselves around their prey…hmmm, time to take out the old nature book my parents gave me for Christmas in 1988 (I was 11)! :slight_smile:

:frowning: :eek: :clap: :wink:

Books!? We have wikipedia nowadays for trivial persuit questions!

Books… bah…

And what about “Women on the prowl”.

Oh, Mr. B…I can’t tell you how much that remark saddens me… :frowning: :sad: