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Python Swallows Gator
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image A recent news story about a python swallowing a gator has been receiving a lot of attention. It's already been posted in the forum (by Stephen), but I've been getting so many emails about it that I decided to post it here as well. These are the facts, as I understand them: The body of a six-foot gator was found last week in the Everglades, inside of a python. The python had tried to swallow the gator, but this caused its stomach to burst open. It's stomach subsequently burst open. (Must have been an unpleasant way for the python to die.) I don't see any reason to doubt this information. Skip Snow, the biologist who found the bodies of the python and gator, seems like a credible source. The unresolved question, as Snow states, is why the python swallowed the gator, and under what circumstances. Did the python attack the gator while it was alive? Or did the python try to swallow a dead gator? No one knows. Either way, that was a pretty suicidal python. Inevitably this will add fuel to all those urban legends about people eaten by snakes.
Animals
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 06, 2005 Comments (37)
i think that it is awesome that a snanke can eat a gator that is amazing! i would think the gator would eat the snake but the snake must of been pretty dang strong
Posted by hayley  in  fl  on  Mon Mar 05, 2007  at  09:18 PM
i say your all stupi cos it not hard to see that the snake swallowed the gator then was attacked by anouther gater, the python tried to defend its self and in the snakes sharp movements the streched skin tore the attacking aligator then bit off the snakes head then retraeted bak to the water.
Posted by W  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  05:13 AM
I think it's pretty obvious what happened here. The snake ate a gator egg years ago, and the baby gator lived in his stomach maybe 10 years, snacking on everything the snake ate and growing and growing. Finally calling to his mother to bite the snake's head off so he could break free, alas he had grown too fat to ever get out, and with no head the snake could no longer feed poor baby greedy gator. Seriously folks, the snake mistakenly ate the gator before it was dead, which is VERY COMMON when it comes to eating prey that can feign death and hold its breath for an extended period. The gator would feign death until the last moment and release all of its energy in death throes, slicing the stomach open with rear claws and releasing its tail with the powerful side-to-side motion that it's body is built for. Any animal or person could have removed the snake's head post mortem. This really is not a mystery, just a cool picture of a meal gone bad. Reading some of the comments posted her made me laugh and vomit a little at the same time.
Posted by Silas  on  Fri Aug 22, 2008  at  04:14 PM
it wouldnt have to kick later on, the claws are sharp, just moving along the digestion tract would be enough to cut it inside.
Posted by wendy green  in  north carolina  on  Sat Jul 18, 2009  at  01:08 PM
i thought this was a really kool pic i mean the alligator didnt have to actually bother the snake while it was chillin but it was kool how that friggin snake open up its small mouth which had turn huge after tryin to swallow the alligator n its so kool how it does that but i think the alligator should have died for hours or min without oxygen i would suffocate duh who wouldnt well i thought it was kool yall think its kruel or sumthin o well its ur opinion big surprise
Posted by shorty305  in  west palm beach, florida  on  Wed Mar 17, 2010  at  09:26 PM
I shot 5 gators in a licensed hunt in 1999. All of them kept moving long after their were killed with 1) sharp edged arrowhead to the spine 2) bangstick to the brain 3) spinal cord at the base of the skull was manually cut. All of them wriggled, blinked their eyes, and acted alive even when their brain was completely cut off from their bodies.
Gators are super primitive creatures. So are snakes, which do swallow prey that turns out to be bigger than they can handle.
Posted by Sandy Huff  in  Florida  on  Wed May 05, 2010  at  07:32 AM
It's 1 of 2 things

A.) The Python bit of more then it could chew
or-
B.) The Pythons' eyes were bigger then its stomach
Posted by glenn  in  S. Florida  on  Sat Oct 02, 2010  at  04:53 PM
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