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Snake Swallows 6-Foot Alligator
The Associated Press...Channel 6... ^ | October 5, 2005 | The Associated Press

Posted on 10/05/2005 2:00:49 PM PDT by george76

Scientists in Florida are puzzling over a 13-foot Burmese python that scarfed down a 6-foot alligator before its stomach ruptured.

The snake apparently tried to swallow the gator whole -- and then exploded. Scientists stumbled upon the gory remains last week.

The species have battled with increasing frequency -- scientists have documented four encounters in the last three years...

"Encounters like that are almost never seen in the wild. ... And here we are, it's happened for the fourth time," Mazzotti said. In the other cases, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw.

"They were probably evenly matched in size," Mazzotti said of the latest battle. "If the python got a good grip on the alligator before the alligator got a good grip on him, he could win."

The incident has alerted biologists to new potential dangers from Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

"Clearly, if they can kill an alligator they can kill other species," ...

At least 150 have been captured in the last two years.

"People will buy these tiny little snakes and if you do everything right, they're six-feet tall in one year. They lose their appeal, or the owner becomes afraid of it. There's no zoo or attraction that will take it," so they release the snakes into the Everglades.

A reproducing snake can have as many as 100 hatchlings, which explains why the snake population has soared, Wasilewski said. The Burmese snake problem is just part of a larger issue of nonnative animal populations in South Florida, he said. So many iguanas have been discarded in the region that they are gobbling tropical flowers and causing problems for botanists, Wasilewski said.

A 10- or 20-foot python is also large enough to pose a risk to an unwary human, especially a small child...

(Excerpt) Read more at local6.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: alligator; burmese; burmesepython; python
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1 posted on 10/05/2005 2:00:55 PM PDT by george76
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Python eats gator, stomach ruptures
2 posted on 10/05/2005 2:03:55 PM PDT by SuperSonic (Don't just complain. Do something productive! >> www.clubforgrowth.org <<)
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To: george76

Sounds like the Democrat party at primary time....;^)


3 posted on 10/05/2005 2:04:32 PM PDT by rightwingreligiousfanatic (You cannot stop me, I'll just make...a "move"....)
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To: george76


4 posted on 10/05/2005 2:05:10 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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"People will buy these tiny little snakes and if you do everything right, they're six-feet tall in one year.

Long and tall have different meanings. A six foot tall snake would be a few hundred feet long.
5 posted on 10/05/2005 2:07:12 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Ponce de Leon is coming here to look for the fountain of dumb. The DNC is his first stop.)
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To: billorites

Did the snake die? If it can't swallow the tail..it's dead..


6 posted on 10/05/2005 2:07:57 PM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: billorites

7 posted on 10/05/2005 2:08:32 PM PDT by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: billorites

What the heck is it eating? A kangaroo?


8 posted on 10/05/2005 2:09:08 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: billorites
Talk about feeling uncomfortably bloated after a good meal.

I think I'll have a cup of yogurt for dinner tonight.

9 posted on 10/05/2005 2:09:50 PM PDT by Dark Skies ("...to them that love God, all things work together unto good..." Romans 8:28)
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To: billorites

nightmares for days


10 posted on 10/05/2005 2:10:05 PM PDT by Rosemont
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11 posted on 10/05/2005 2:10:45 PM PDT by SuperSonic (Don't just complain. Do something productive! >> www.clubforgrowth.org <<)
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To: george76

A 10- or 20-foot python is also large enough to pose a risk to an unwary human, especially a small child...

Small children? What about medium and large peoples?


12 posted on 10/05/2005 2:11:13 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm! Good!)
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To: george76
Snake Swallows 6-Foot Alligator

There's an "almost" missing from that title.


13 posted on 10/05/2005 2:11:46 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ken5050
Did the snake die?

That would be my conclusion.

"The snake ... exploded." "... gory remains."

14 posted on 10/05/2005 2:11:58 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: george76

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

15 posted on 10/05/2005 2:12:09 PM PDT by Varmint Al
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Why do you think people let them go? After a little while they are stuck with a snake that is a half mile long. That gets expensive to feed. My cousin had that happen to him. Just think how many hat bands you can get out of a snake that size!

;)


16 posted on 10/05/2005 2:12:16 PM PDT by BlueBlood
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To: billorites

It really ate the whole Kangaroo? What kind of snake was that?


17 posted on 10/05/2005 2:12:27 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm! Good!)
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To: george76

((((shudder)))).I hate snakes....they remind me of democrats


18 posted on 10/05/2005 2:14:31 PM PDT by auto power
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To: george76

Two 'big' reasons to avoid swimming in S. Florida! I wouldn't want to meet up with either of them.


19 posted on 10/05/2005 2:14:37 PM PDT by YouPosting2Me
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To: Chickensoup
It really ate the whole Kangaroo? What kind of snake was that?

A hungry snake.

20 posted on 10/05/2005 2:14:41 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: PAR35

Sorry..my bad..I was referring to the pics of the snake eating the kangaroo.


21 posted on 10/05/2005 2:16:30 PM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: gubamyster

No spit, Sherlock.

My garter snake was a hungry snake but it never would do THAT!


22 posted on 10/05/2005 2:18:36 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm! Good!)
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To: SuperSonic

He obviously did not listen to his mom when she told him to chew his food before swallowing.


23 posted on 10/05/2005 2:19:49 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: george76
and if you do everything right, they're six-feet tall in one year.

I've always thought of snakes being more horizontal than vertical. But then I never thought they could explode either.

24 posted on 10/05/2005 2:20:23 PM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: SuperSonic
A 10- or 20-foot python is also large enough to pose a risk to an unwary human, especially a small child...

$#!*! How about posing a threat to a fully grown adult?

25 posted on 10/05/2005 2:20:36 PM PDT by semaj (qu)
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To: Chickensoup
My garter snake was a hungry snake but it never would do THAT!

Don't turn your back on him.

26 posted on 10/05/2005 2:20:37 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: george76; rightwingreligiousfanatic; SuperSonic; Conspiracy Guy; billorites; ken5050; Dog Gone; ...

The above is a 20 foot long Burmese called 'Baby.' Obviously one can see why most people cannot keep large constrictors ....they tend to grow.

In most cases 'Baby' would have been released into the wild by its owner LONG before it grew to such a size. Usually it is as the article states ....when the snakes gets longer than a couple of feet people freak out, and because zoos already have more than enough Burmese pythons, they release them itno the wild (zoos have more than enough Burmese ....now, if you had a Reticulated or an African Rock they might be willing to accept them, but those 2 pythons are by far more aggressive than the Burmese, which is why virtually all pythons owned by most collectors are either the Burmese, which can get large but will usually not try to eat you; or the Ball python, which is nice and compact).

Anyways, someday someone will get a nasty surprise. It will be almost funny. Almost.

If people read how large constrictors kill their prey I think fewer would be rushing to get the larger constrictors. The cool factor would quickly become the respect factor.

27 posted on 10/05/2005 2:21:57 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: gubamyster

Don't turn your back on him.


Here, Sabooo. Here Sabooo. Nice snakey.

Darn, I was looking forward to snake ranching.

I was going to get them little saddles and train them to ride in circles.


28 posted on 10/05/2005 2:23:56 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm! Good!)
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To: Chickensoup


29 posted on 10/05/2005 2:25:33 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Snake-ranching! Yeah, that's the ticket!)
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To: george76

Shouldn't the title read "Almost swallowed"? I would think exploding before you are finished meant that you didn't complete the act.


30 posted on 10/05/2005 2:25:51 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: spetznaz

Time to ban these nonindigenous exotic pets. Can't these idiots be happy with a common rat snake? The Snakehead fish is wreaking havoc in lakes and rivers and is spreading.


31 posted on 10/05/2005 2:25:59 PM PDT by Wristpin ( Varitek says to A-Rod: "We don't throw at .260 hitters.....")
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To: spetznaz

As the gator population is exploding in Florida, you'd thik that juvenile crocs woulds be a good food source for the mature snakes, and younger snakes would be eaten by the croc...In the Amazon basin...the anacodas live mainly on cayman and capibara...and we are starting to get a nutria problem in the south.. I think this one balances itself out..


32 posted on 10/05/2005 2:26:40 PM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: TXBubba

Shouldn't the title read "Almost swallowed"? I would think exploding before you are finished meant that you didn't complete the act.

Could have swallowed and popped!


33 posted on 10/05/2005 2:26:42 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Snake-ranching! Yeah, that's the ticket!)
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To: BlueBlood

Hat band nothing. A full legth snakeskin duster.


34 posted on 10/05/2005 2:28:01 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Ponce de Leon is coming here to look for the fountain of dumb. The DNC is his first stop.)
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To: Chickensoup

Perhaps. The "tried to swallow" is what threw me. Either way it doesn't sound like a good way to go. My other thought is that the alligator ate its way out.


35 posted on 10/05/2005 2:29:19 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: spetznaz

Being crushed to death just doesn't have the appeal it once had.


36 posted on 10/05/2005 2:30:22 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Ponce de Leon is coming here to look for the fountain of dumb. The DNC is his first stop.)
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To: billorites

Tie me kangaroo down, snake

Tie me kangaroo down


37 posted on 10/05/2005 2:33:06 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Being crushed to death just doesn't have the appeal it once had.

Do you want to talk about your past....uhmmm...proclivities??


38 posted on 10/05/2005 2:33:37 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Snake-ranching! Yeah, that's the ticket!)
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To: dead

It looks to me like the snake swallowed the alligator whole, head first, but the 'gator wasn't dead. So, the 'gator was thrashing around with its uber-powerful tail inside the snake. That's what helped to split the snake.

But I'm only looking at the one still, and know nothing other than that.


39 posted on 10/05/2005 2:34:09 PM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: savedbygrace

I thought they squeezed them until they was dead.


40 posted on 10/05/2005 2:35:07 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Snake-ranching! Yeah, that's the ticket!)
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To: ken5050
True. This one could balance itself out since the factors operating in the everglades are quite analogous to those operating elsewhere amongst convergent species (as you said the case of the Anaconda versus the Caymans in South America). Although with these things one never knows .....it may balance or it may not, either way it is still risky releasing exotic species into the wild. More often than not major boo-boos result from such stuff.

As for the nutria. Well ...if that rat is really coming into the US (I did not know this ...how did it get here and when ...was it also due to people releasing their nutria pets into the wild) then things could get interesting. Particularly if it got to Florida. The everglades would be heaven for it, and it would provide any resident predators (eg introduced Burmese pythons) with a ready foodsource. Sort of a mini capybara.

41 posted on 10/05/2005 2:36:10 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: Chickensoup

So did I, but the pix makes it look like the tail did the splitting. Or maybe the hind legs. Or maybe I'm wrong.


42 posted on 10/05/2005 2:36:54 PM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: decimon
Let my abos run loose, Bruce
Let my abos run loose


They don't sing that part of the song anymore.
43 posted on 10/05/2005 2:37:10 PM PDT by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: savedbygrace

So did I, but the pix makes it look like the tail did the splitting. Or maybe the hind legs. Or maybe I'm wrong.


I am really glad I didn't go into wildlife management. What an exciting find!


44 posted on 10/05/2005 2:38:37 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Snake-ranching! Yeah, that's the ticket!)
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To: gubamyster

A gartner snake doesn't bite people, or so I understand.


45 posted on 10/05/2005 2:41:12 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: george76
It wasn't the alligator it was the thin mint that caused the explosion.
46 posted on 10/05/2005 2:41:56 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: semaj

$#!*! How about posing a threat to a fully grown adult?

It wouldn't take that big of python to snuff an adult because they are incredibly strong. I wouldn't head into a jungle without a machine gun with BIG bullets.


47 posted on 10/05/2005 2:47:59 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (Become a liberal. Try to make everyone's life miserable.)
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To: savedbygrace

>It looks to me like the snake swallowed the alligator whole, head first, but the 'gator wasn't dead. So, the 'gator was thrashing around with its uber-powerful tail inside the snake. That's what helped to split the snake.<

For some reason, I now have the following child's rhyme stuck in my head:

"She swallowed the spider, that wiggled and wiggled inside her. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed the fly, but she swallowed the fly and I think she'll die!"


48 posted on 10/05/2005 2:49:07 PM PDT by Darnright (Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.)
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To: savedbygrace

I think you're right, there's a rip in the snake about where the gator's head should be, he almost made it out...


49 posted on 10/05/2005 2:49:29 PM PDT by Frank_2001 (Never, ever, EVER give up!;))
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To: george76; Squantos
Make sure you thoroughly stune the beeber of anyone you then swallow whole....I always say.
You could explode. Does make the case for being slightly prepared for pythons and alligators coming up your lawn, eating each other, homeowners included, during a high water "event,"....and having an simple and traditional mechanical instrument with which to perhaps forestall one's own food-chain thrillride at that particular moment, 'er somethin...don't it. 12 ga. One call does it all. Even once is better than lots less.

..especially if we are to now suspect that our reptiles and amphibians are exploding, possibly from within eachother. For Triffids, Pods, and other invading alien species, even the Crawling Eye, and creature from the Black Lagoon....and of course those common giant radioactice crabs from the beach cave.....my Wal-Mart associate assures me that the 12 ga. is a great choice, considering. "So daddy killed the giant snake, and then a 6 foot alligator tore his way out of it, and ate Fi-Fi." No, really. [Note: thread now returned to rightful owners. Muttly back under porch.]
50 posted on 10/05/2005 2:51:34 PM PDT by PoorMuttly (A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun -T.Jefferson)
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