18 Foot Python Eats 5 Foot Alligator – Whole!
An 18 foot Burmese Python ate an entire alligator in one sitting in Everglades National Park. Apparently, python hunters missed this guy at the last Florida Python Challenge back in August when hundreds of pythons were captured.
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Invasive species such as the Burmese Python aka (Python molurus bivittatus) have created havoc down in the everglades since their introduction in the 1980’s. Python owners started dumping them into the swamps of Florida when they became to big and costly to feed.
The python was captured by personnel at the Everglades National Park, and in a gruesome video posted on her Instagram account, Geoscientist Rosie Moore conducted an autopsy on the beast.
In her Instagram post, Moore said that Burmese pythons are required to be euthanized in Florida.
“The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world (up to 20+ft). This particular Python was roughly 18 ft and had consumed a 5ft alligator. Burmese pythons are required to be euthanized in Florida. This Python was euthanized by those who found it and turned over to a research lab for necropsy and scientific sample collection. That process is shown in this video.”
18 foot Burmese python eats a 5 foot alligator in the Florida Everglades. 🐊🐍 Video creds: @rosiekmoore @lifestyle_miami #miami #everglades #florida #invasivespecies #invasive #ehp #evergladesholidaypark #gator #alligator #viralvideos #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography pic.twitter.com/FRkdDffiLe
— Everglades (@everglades) November 8, 2022
The Burmese Python is one of the largest snakes in the world and can reach a length of 20 feet. Some of us older folks remember tuning in to Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and watching Marlin Perkins sitting in the airboat while his assistant Jim Fowler was in the water getting tossed about by one of these monsters.
Moore’s python autopsy video went viral after it was set to pop music on her social media. The part-time model told the Daily Mail she didn’t expect such a response, and now wants to use the gruesome clip as an educational tool.
“It honestly surprised me how little people knew about the invasive pythons in Florida and their impacts on our native populations down there,” she said.
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