THIS is the terrifying moment an alligator flipped the usual food chain and swallowed a giant python.
The photos show the alligator munching on a lifeless python in the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park in Florida.
Pythons are considered an invasive creature in the Everglades, with large snakes thought to have caused havoc in South Florida’s ecosystem.
“This usually doesn’t happen. For a python to eat prey this large, he/she must tear it into bite-sized pieces – and a python doesn’t tear easily,” the South Florida Wildlands Association posted today. 12/30.
The association wrote: “Often the gator is hopelessly entangled by the python and in the process is swallowed up before it even knows what has happened. “We hope that our native Florida explorers have learned a trick or two and will become the first line of defense against this extremely destructive encroachment.”
However, it is not clear whether just one crocodile ate the python or several gluttons taking turns feasting.
The first photo, credited as Joel Jordon, was posted on Facebook December 20th and witnesses at the scene “saw this gator defending his prize from other hungry gators,” wrote Conny Randolph.
More pictures were posted later, including some Florida Crocodile Facebook page of Burt-Laurie Zargo, who wrote it “is a giant python”.
Burmese pythons are believed to have found their way into the swamps of South Florida through the exotic pet trade, either by escape or being released into the wild.
Shark Valley “is located in the heart of the Everglades freshwater marsh,” according to the National Park Service.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to get rid of the snakes and has recommended that they be “humanely killed.”
According to experts, this snake can grow up to 20 feet long and has been known to prey on native species, including baby crocodiles.
The pictures, taken in Everglades National Park in 2006, made headlines around the world when it was revealed 13 feet long Burmese python explodes while trying to swallow a 6 foot long crocodile.
News that the pests are now resistant is being welcomed in some areas as “a form of natural pest control”.
“I think the gator population has had enough harassment from weird intruders,” Explore Big Cypress wrote on Facebook.
“The food chain… the way God made it,” commented Sandra Christensen.
“Score a point for the gators. I would love to see this. I wish all pythons were served crocodile lunches,” posted Daryl K Tabor.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4418185/alligator-eats-python-everglades-florida/ Rare image shows shocking moment crocodile eats a HUGE python as it flips up the food chain on the deadly reptile