Watch This Insatiable Alligator Turn A Huge Python Into Its Afternoon Snack

Watch This Insatiable Alligator Turn A Huge Python Into Its Afternoon Snack

In the video at the bottom of the page, it’s not a dog-eat-dog world, it’s a reptile-eat-reptile world. What better setting than the Florida Everglades for footage that includes both a ravenous alligator and a massive python? Learn what other types of animals live in this habitat before watching the scene unfold yourself!

What Animals Live In The Florida Everglades?

A wide variety of animals call the Florida Everglades home. Along with alligators and reptiles like pythons, there are also mammals like white-tailed deer, bobcats, raccoons, gray foxes, Florida panthers, and black bears. Aquatic species include the West Indian manatee and dolphins. Some birds in the area include wood storks, great blue herons, snail kites, and bald eagles.

What Types Of Pythons Live In Florida?

One invasive species that has ravaged Florida is the Burmese python. These pythons are giant reptiles and though intimidating when you see them, aren’t as deadly as some smaller venomous snakes. They are constrictors, meaning they literally squeeze the life out of their prey before they swallow it whole. Other invasive snake species include the Northern African python and boa constrictor.

Gator Chomps Right Through Python
When the video below starts, you’re looking at an alligator in the center of the screen. It’s partially submerged so it’s not entirely clear what’s going on at first. Then, it starts emerging from the water toward the tall grasses surrounding it and you can see that it has something in its mouth. That something is so big that despite being caught in its mouth, its body is also getting dragged alongside the alligator’s body, all the way down to its tail.

The gator releases the python only for a second before chomping down on it again. A caption appears on the screen clarifying that this footage was captured in the Florida Everglades. The alligator’s head comes up out of the water with the huge, very dead python. Part of the python’s body falls out of the gator’s mouth limply, making a slapping sound as it lands back in the water. The gator gets more violent with it, lashing its head back and forth.

The gator manages to use that lashing back and forth motion to position the python’s body just ahead of it on the grass as if placing its dinner on a plate. It continues chomping down on the python, swallowing it piece by piece while satiating its carnivorous appetite.


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