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    The Python vs The Alligator

    Snake bursts after gobbling gator

    An unusual clash between a 6-foot (1.8m) alligator and a 13-foot (3.9m) python has left two of the deadliest predators dead in Florida's swamps.

    The Burmese python tried to swallow its fearsome rival whole but then exploded.
    The remains of the two giant reptiles were found by astonished rangers in the Everglades National Park.
    The rangers say the find suggests that non-native Burmese pythons might even challenge alligators' leading position in the food chain in the swamps.

    Clearly, if they can kill an alligator they can kill other species
    Prof Frank Mazzotti

    The python's remains with the victim's tail protruding from its burst midsection were found last week. The head of the python was missing.
    "Encounters like that are almost never seen in the wild... And here we are," Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.
    "They were probably evenly matched in size. If the python got a good grip on the alligator before the alligator got a good grip on him, he could win," Professor Mazzotti said.
    He said the alligator may have clawed at the python's stomach, leading it to burst.
    "Clearly, if they can kill an alligator they can kill other species," Prof Mazzotti said.
    He said that there had been four known encounters between the two species in the past. In the other cases, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw. Burmese pythons - many of whom have been dumped by their owners - have thrived in the wet and hot climate of Florida's swamps over the past 20 years.

    BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Snake bursts after gobbling gator

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    Clearly, if they can kill an alligator they can kill other species
    No shit!

    For live action snakes eating alligators - click here: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    The Burmese python tried to swallow its fearsome rival whole but then exploded.
    Was it on holiday?

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    ^I believe the Florida Everglades are now the home to untold number of Burmese Pythons that were imported as pets but released when they got too big to be cuddly.

    Huge, Freed Pet Pythons Invade Florida Everglades

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    No winners in that war which got me thinking about other potential battles between different species

    The tiger and the lion

    The grizzly and the polar bear

    The hedgehog and the tortoise

    The goldfish and the sand eel

    The butterfly and the moth

    The wombat and the armadillo

    The earthworm and the maggot

    The crocus and the tulip

    The cabbage and the carrot

    Who wins these wars when and if they take place ?

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    the crocus vs the tulip sounds like an epic battle

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    Hope there's no snakes that big in Singapore, I fly there tomorrow. I'm meeting my tamil friend for an Indian in Robinson Road and then I will see a man about a wedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    No winners in that war which got me thinking about other potential battles between different species

    The tiger and the lion

    The grizzly and the polar bear

    The hedgehog and the tortoise

    The goldfish and the sand eel

    The butterfly and the moth

    The wombat and the armadillo

    The earthworm and the maggot

    The crocus and the tulip

    The cabbage and the carrot

    Who wins these wars when and if they take place ?
    the bargirl and the German tourist

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    ^ no contest

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    We all know whos going to be the winner in that one Doc !

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