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Python eats gator, stomach ruptures
Nesnet5.com ^ | 10/5/2005 | AP

Posted on 10/05/2005 11:07:35 AM PDT by Pessimist

A python's eyes were apparently bigger than its stomach.

Scientists in Florida are puzzling over a Burmese python that scarfed down a six-foot alligator before its stomach ruptured.

They found the carcasses in an isolated part of Florida's Everglades National Park. Photos show the gator's hind legs and tail sticking out of the 13-foot snake's ruptured gut.

The Miami Herald reported that scientists can't figure out how the snake got the critter down. The snake's head is also missing.

Experts say the clash is interesting, but it also shows the exotic snakes are competing with gators to top the food chain in the Everglades.

Park biologist Skip Snow said he's documented 156 python captures in the last two years.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; eyesbiggerthantummy; gator; gluttony; justdamn; overambitious; python; unnngh
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Sometimes, after a particularly good dinner I feel like that going to happen to me.
1 posted on 10/05/2005 11:07:38 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist

Florida has seen an increase "introduce" animals over the past few years. Now, you can find Pythons, Mexican grasshoppers, Texas Horned Lizards, Iguanas, Komodos, Parrots, Toucans, and even the occassional monkey in the Everglades.


2 posted on 10/05/2005 11:09:18 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: Pessimist

Florida has seen an increase "introduce" animals over the past few years. Now, you can find Pythons, Mexican grasshoppers, Texas Horned Lizards, Iguanas, Komodos, Parrots, Toucans, and even the occassional monkey in the Everglades.


3 posted on 10/05/2005 11:09:18 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: Pessimist

Is there still room for jello?
4 posted on 10/05/2005 11:09:19 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne (It was a village of idiots that raised Hillary to Senator status.)
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To: Pessimist
How long will it take for DU and MSM to link George Bush to this tragedy?
5 posted on 10/05/2005 11:09:27 AM PDT by oyez
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To: Pessimist

Sure would've liked to have seen live footage of that fight. ....and then the scarf-down.


6 posted on 10/05/2005 11:09:34 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Pessimist

7 posted on 10/05/2005 11:10:07 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: Pessimist

8 posted on 10/05/2005 11:10:19 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (Wanna be on my CE ping list? Say the word!)
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To: TheForceOfOne
How about a mint? It's wafferrrrr thin
9 posted on 10/05/2005 11:10:26 AM PDT by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Pessimist

"The Miami Herald reported that scientists can't figure out how the snake got the critter down."

The snake was inadvertently exposed to videos of Michael Moore during his eating rituals.


10 posted on 10/05/2005 11:10:34 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Pessimist

About 110 years ago, a friend to me a picture of a gator whoose gut was slit open, and a partially digested man inside. Talk about gross!


11 posted on 10/05/2005 11:10:45 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Pessimist

alligators gots sharp claws. can cut their way out of most anything...


12 posted on 10/05/2005 11:10:45 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you.)
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To: Pessimist
I thought large snakes were smarter than this. What? It couldn't find a rabbit so it settles for a 6-foot alligator?
13 posted on 10/05/2005 11:12:02 AM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: jwfiv

Truly bizarre. Check out the photo.


14 posted on 10/05/2005 11:12:39 AM PDT by Serb5150 (I'm preparing for the big one. Are you?)
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To: Pessimist

Thought this might have been about the University of Alabama football team :)


15 posted on 10/05/2005 11:13:00 AM PDT by Paradox (Just because we are not perfect, does not mean we are not good.)
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To: Cobra64
About 110 years ago, a friend to me a picture of a gator whoose gut was slit open, and a partially digested man inside. Talk about gross!

Damn, you're OLD!
16 posted on 10/05/2005 11:13:42 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: Pessimist; Fierce Allegiance

17 posted on 10/05/2005 11:14:30 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: Pessimist

Only on Thanksgiving, when I act like I never saw food before


18 posted on 10/05/2005 11:15:09 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: Cobra64
About 110 years ago, a friend to me a picture of a gator whoose gut was slit open, and a partially digested man inside.

That would be back in, what, 1895?

19 posted on 10/05/2005 11:15:22 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: Pessimist

Never eat anything bigger than your head.


20 posted on 10/05/2005 11:15:36 AM PDT by Bookwoman
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To: Pessimist

Stories like this are why it really bugs me that people import dangerous animals. I'm scared enough of green snakes, I really don't need to add mambas, cobras, and other creepy crawlies to my nightmares. lol


21 posted on 10/05/2005 11:17:25 AM PDT by flying Elvis
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To: Pessimist

What happened to the snakes head?

Something doesn't sound right here.


22 posted on 10/05/2005 11:18:00 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Pessimist
A Thai restaurateur warned me this could happen. After eating Kang Puk, you get Kang Puk gut.
23 posted on 10/05/2005 11:18:12 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: martin_fierro

Self-portrait??


24 posted on 10/05/2005 11:19:01 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: Tennessee_Bob

What makes you say that.

*urp*


25 posted on 10/05/2005 11:19:59 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: Cobra64

Did he use one of those cameras that had the flash powder that ignited?

(ducking and running)

sorry, can't let your innocent typo go without SOME fun!

8)


26 posted on 10/05/2005 11:20:49 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1st John 5:4-5, 1st John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1st Timothy 2:5)
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To: Pessimist

WHAT is a Burmese python doing in Florida? In the swamp...out there in the wild?

And when are they going to wipe them out?


27 posted on 10/05/2005 11:20:56 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Vegetarian, permaculturalist, cloth wearing, green, peak oil believing Trad Catholic Indie.)
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To: Pessimist
Experts say the clash is interesting, but it also shows the exotic snakes are competing with gators to top the food chain in the Everglades.

I saw it on one of those nature shows 15 years ago or so. Camera crew was farting around in south America or somewhere (trying to film some sort of cat, IIRC) when they ran across an anaconda wrestling around with a crocodile or whatever it was.

They filmed it for quite a while but it wasn’t their purpose for being there so they moved on. The narrator claimed they could fight and wrestle around for hours or even days and there’s no way telling who is going to win because each was capable of killing and eating the other.

28 posted on 10/05/2005 11:21:11 AM PDT by Who dat?
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To: Cobra64

They had cameras back then?


29 posted on 10/05/2005 11:21:57 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (Wanna be on my CE ping list? Say the word!)
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To: TheForceOfOne

Yes but please don't eat the -206

(that is a -206, no?)


30 posted on 10/05/2005 11:23:10 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1st John 5:4-5, 1st John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1st Timothy 2:5)
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To: Cobra64

Yeah, I used to have that picture - it was of an old guy that got snagged by a 14-foot gator on a golf course when he went looking for his ball, right? That was disgusting!


31 posted on 10/05/2005 11:24:02 AM PDT by mobyss
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To: OpusatFR
WHAT is a Burmese python doing in Florida?

the backstroke?
32 posted on 10/05/2005 11:24:32 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1st John 5:4-5, 1st John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1st Timothy 2:5)
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To: Cobra64

"About 110 years ago, a friend to me a picture of a gator whoose gut was slit open, and a partially digested man inside. Talk about gross!"

Something makes me question this story...


33 posted on 10/05/2005 11:24:57 AM PDT by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: nmh

Fishy, isn't it.


34 posted on 10/05/2005 11:28:29 AM PDT by satchmodog9 (Free choice is not what it seems)
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To: Bookwoman
Never eat anything bigger than your head.

Never eat more than you can lift.

35 posted on 10/05/2005 11:29:08 AM PDT by TN4Liberty (American... conservative... southern.... It doesn't get any better than this.)
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To: nmh

I'd guess another gator came along and ate the snakes head.


36 posted on 10/05/2005 11:29:18 AM PDT by American_Centurion (A liberal is a socialist who isn't quite willing to get blood on his hands yet. -KarlInOhio)
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To: American_Centurion

Snake heads, snake heads,
Yummy yummy Snake heads,
Snake heads, snake heads,
Eat them up, YUM!


37 posted on 10/05/2005 11:33:37 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (Wanna be on my CE ping list? Say the word!)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Dr. Demento fan in the house?

I miss "Pencil Neck Geek" by Freddy B.

also the first place I heard Weird Al

About 1980 or so while working as a night auditor in a hotel. I think Dr. D came on just before midnight on Sundays.


38 posted on 10/05/2005 11:39:29 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1st John 5:4-5, 1st John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1st Timothy 2:5)
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To: martin_fierro

I thought you weren't going to the all the alligator you could eat buffet anymore...


39 posted on 10/05/2005 11:39:47 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: Pessimist

Rush talking about this now


40 posted on 10/05/2005 11:40:15 AM PDT by trubluolyguy (I am conservative. That is NOT the same thing as Republican. Don't place party over principle.)
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To: Cobra64

I saw the same at rotten.com. human was one of a foursome at an everglades golf course.


41 posted on 10/05/2005 11:41:01 AM PDT by printhead
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To: Pessimist

"Python eats gator, stomach ruptures"

Next on "Animal Faceoffs"


42 posted on 10/05/2005 11:41:54 AM PDT by BadAndy (Stuck on "Smart Ass")
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To: TheForceOfOne

I've seen this sort of thing before and it's not very pretty. (Gary Larson)


43 posted on 10/05/2005 11:44:22 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: Pessimist
Meet Fluffy, a 26-foot captive-born 12-year old reticulated python owned by python breeder Bob Clark. I'll bet she could have gotten that gator down with no problem.

Of course, our family ball python might have a harder time getting something that big down.


44 posted on 10/05/2005 11:44:51 AM PDT by Maceman (Fake But Accurate)
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To: martin_fierro

Good Lord! That man looks like he's about to deliver quads!


45 posted on 10/05/2005 11:45:23 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Prayers for healing and relief from pain for Cowboy...........)
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To: martin_fierro
Can't read the book titles behind this guy but I'd bet they're in German. This type wears Speedos at the pools and beaches over there.
46 posted on 10/05/2005 11:47:37 AM PDT by katana
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To: Pessimist

Every time I hear about one of these python attacks, I always ask myself "How do you shoot for center of mass with a snake?"


47 posted on 10/05/2005 11:47:38 AM PDT by Hardastarboard
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To: camle
alligators gots sharp claws. can cut their way out of most anything...

That's my guess too. Maybe the gator was sleeping as the snake started to eat it - then the gator woke up...

48 posted on 10/05/2005 11:48:03 AM PDT by GOPJ (Mapes isn't stuck on stupid, she invented it.)
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To: Spok; Cobra64
pic has been around forever…

or


49 posted on 10/05/2005 11:53:17 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Spok; Cobra64
pic has been around forever…

or


50 posted on 10/05/2005 11:53:22 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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