RESEARCHERS FIND 4-FOOT INTACT ALLIGATOR INSIDE 18-FOOT BURMESE PYTHON
It’s becoming more common knowledge outside of Florida that Burmese pythons are a major problem in the Everglades. Burmese pythons are an invasive species, and they are thriving down in Florida. They can reach lengths longer than 25 feet, which makes them dangerous to almost any animal they encounter, especially humans. A 22-foot-long Burmese python recently ate a missing grandmother. So if you live in Florida near the Everglades, this is a concern. But the recent news out of a research lab is making sure everyone in the world knows about this problem. They just found a 5-foot, intact alligator inside the stomach of an 18-foot Burmese python.
BURMESE PYTHONS AN INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS INVASIVE SPECIES IN FLORIDA EVERGLADES
Workers are constantly working to catch these giant snakes in the Everglades. And as is now routine, after catching this particular monster, they euthanized it on the spot. But then they took it to a research lab which conducted a necropsy. And that’s when scientists found the completely intact alligator in the snake’s stomach. It had only just begun the process of digestion. But you don’t just have to take this description if you want to know more about this; there’s video! And yes, it is completely disgusting. In the video, you will see how scientists wearing gloves taking stock of the impressive bulge in the Burmese python’s stomach before making an insanely long incision.
FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES ANY CAUGHT BURMESE PYTHON TO BE EUTHANIZED IMMEDIATELY
It doesn’t take long for the stomach to be wide open to the air, and the scientists are literally pulling out the alligator’s carcass. But some things the video can’t fully translate, fortunately. Because of the size of the gator’s corpse and the fact that is was being digested, the smell was absolutely disgusting. Sure, it’s a safe assumption. But a local free diver on scene confirmed that it was gnarly. If you’re curious, have a look at the video. You’ll never forget it, or just how real the problem of Burmese pythons in Florida’s Everglades really is. There’s a reason Florida law requires they be killed whenever possible.
And maybe don’t walk your dog near any water sources down there, ok? Heads, it’s a giant snake. Tails, it’s an alligator.