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    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.

    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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    they grow up to 400 pounds..

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    Who cares if a python eats an alligator? They have enough of those in Florida, don't they?

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    The pythons aren't supposed to be in the marsh. It's going to upset the entire ecological system because they're both top predators eating the same things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVZ View Post
    The pythons aren't supposed to be in the marsh. It's going to upset the entire ecological system because they're both top predators eating the same things.

    I know, I watch Miami Animal Police.

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    pythons are making the news rounds lately ... wonder if the TomKat PR team will include pythons as part of their Secret PR Plans ?

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    shit, that is scary

    I will never move to florida-to much crap happens there

    its the pit of hell

    Jeb Bush? you listening?

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    Who's seen the photo of the exploding whale in Taiwan? >

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank_Rizzo View Post
    I saw that on the news... that pic is hard to figure out. I can't tell what the fuck is going on but it's disturbing.

    So, the moral of the story here is: Do not get a pet snake if you aren't committed to caring for it.
    I agree Frank, I couldnt figure out where the gator was and the snake looked odd to me. Maybe its the angle of the dangle

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