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Crocodile and Burmese python join the roadside mortal battle


An alligator’s neck was mercilessly wrapped by a python as it happened on the banks of the Florida Everglades. The Burmese python was spotted trying to suffocate the agitated animal next to a busy asphalt road.

Unknown photographer in Homestead, Florida’s Everglades National Park, recorded the two creatures fighting ferociously. The enormous alligator was shown trying to defend itself until it managed to get the strong serpent’s tail within its mouth and appeared to be clamping down.

The snake was also attempting to suffocate the animal by wrapping itself around its bulky middle. It’s unknown who won the actual contest. Pythons have survived despite being artificially introduced and not being native to Florida by outcompeting other powerful predators.

They can eat alligators, but usually only the younger ones because their jaws are easier to encircle. Currently, local alligators and Burmese pythons are competing for dominance in the area.

We don’t know how the argument ended. The incident, which happened in late October, happened just a few days before another gator and python were photographed biting one another at a Florida golf course.

Depending on size, one of the Burmese python and short-snouted crocodile species may emerge as the victor in their fight.

According to Newsweek, the American alligator, which can grow to be more than 3.7 meters long and weigh 454 kg, has long been regarded as the greatest predator in South Florida. In lakes and wetlands all around the state, this reptile can be found. The Burmese python, a native of Southeast Asia and a successful invasive species in South Florida over the past few decades, is challenging their supremacy, though.

The Burmese python, which can grow to a maximum length of around 6 meters, first appeared in Florida in the 1970s and 1980s after being imported in large numbers to be marketed as pets. Accidental or deliberate releases of pythons occur. They started to reproduce gradually and eventually formed a population in the southern region of the state, primarily in the Everglades ecosystem.


These two big animals occasionally conflict because they both reside in South Florida. “Both alligators and Burmese pythons are the top predators in the Everglades ecosystem and will encounter each other in a wide range of sizes and habitat types,” said Ian Bartoszek, a wildlife biologist with the Southwest Florida Conservation Center.

Burmese pythons are omnivorous predators that can consume the various wildlife of Florida. In fact, a number of native wildlife species have experienced a sharp drop as a result of this invading python. They occasionally have been observed devouring crocodiles. Due to their size and young age, Burmese pythons don’t seem to have any rivals in the area. The only exception might be crocodiles, as they occasionally consume pythons. Bartoszek asserts that the Burmese python and the short-snouted crocodile are rivals.

Size plays a significant impact in conflicts between crocodiles and Burmese pythons, and most likely determines the result. The two species are more vulnerable to predation while they are young. A young python cannot compete with an adult alligator, and vice versa.

We’ve radio-tracked pythons that were hatchlings and adults going into the short-snout crocodile’s stomach, but we don’t currently have any credible information on how frequently either side preys on their prey. In period Adult pythons typically do not eat much during the winter since they are more focused on mating. But if given the chance, the short-snout crocodile is still on the python’s list of potential prey, according to Bartoszek.

It’s quite unlikely that a big python will eat a big crocodile. giant crocodiles, on the other hand, are more likely to devour giant pythons, according to a telemetry research by Bartoszek et al. The reports of pythons consuming the remains of slain crocodiles escaped Bartoszek’s notice.

“The large adult American short-snouted crocodile is still king of the Everglades and they will win most encounters with the Burmese python,” Bartoszek said.

The Burmese python, according to some biologists, might be the main predator in the Everglades. Michael Kirkland, a biologist with the South Florida Water Authority, asserts that if pythons and alligators engage in combat, both species stand a decent chance of emerging victorious.

The majority of the world’s continents are home to crocodiles, the so-called “lord of the swamp” creature.

The world’s crocodile population consists of 23 distinct species. They can live in a variety of landscapes, including freshwater and saltwater lakes, rivers, and oceans.

However, the American short-snout crocodile must be mentioned while discussing the most potent, aggressive, and dangerous reptiles. This is a local alligator that frequently resides in Southeast America. It is one of the world’s deadliest crocodile species.

The habitat of the American short-snouted crocodile is quite varied, including swamps, lakes, marshes, and even mangroves. A mature crocodile is between 4 and 5 meters long.


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