DailyMail A golfer captured a rare sight on Friday when he spotted a Burmese python and an alligator locked in a major battle. Dr. Richard Nadler expected a fun afternoon golfing with friends, and instead walked into a scene that could have come straight from The Jungle Book. On the 10th hole at the Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples, Florida, there was a serious hazard causing a major golfing delay. Nadler didn’t realize what the back-up was, so he asked other golfers to hurry up so they could tee off. ‘They drove back to explain to us that it was actually an alligator and python entwined. So that’s what everyone was taking pictures of that’s what the back up was,’ Nadler said to NBC 2.’So we drove towards the hole and we took a look at the animals and we took pictures and we continued with our golf game.”They were absolutely still,’ he said. ‘There was no grappling going on, nothing. The python’s head was in the mouth of the alligator and the alligator was just sitting there absolutely still with his eyes wide open not moving.”And he had all these people around him these golf carts and people walking around taking photographs.’ He posted the images to Facebook, which have since gone viral. ‘Apparently there was no intervention and the next morning they were all gone and the assumption was that the alligator won and that was the end of it,’ Nadler said.
Since long before humans colonized Florida, alligators were the lone apex predator in the region, alligators sat on top of the food chain alone with zero threats. However humans eventually colonized Florida, and with them brought Burmese pythons as pets, which are native to Southeast Asia. Except humans are too irresponsible to properly care for Burmese pythons, which grow to over 20-feet-long, and so many of these snakes either escaped or their owners released them into the wild when they became to large to care for that they have established a breeding population in Florida. Burmese pythons are an invasive species, and officials in Florida have confirmed that they will be impossible to eradicate, there are wild pythons in Florida from here on out. Nice job, Floridians. This means that alligators are no longer the sole apex predator in Florida, we have seen video of a large python strangling the life out of a whitetail deer in Florida, while alligators are consuming pythons and pythons are feeding on alligators. In these photos taken on a golf course, the a large alligator seems to have been the winner, it looks like the alligator bit the python which led to the python to wrap around the alligator in self defense at the time that the golfers stumbled upon the struggle. When it comes to a large alligator against a large python, it seems like the large alligator normally wins out, in each situation where a python has been seen preying on an alligator the python has been larger than the normally juvenile gator. It’s also important to note that, since Burmese pythons established a breeding population in Florida, the populations of many native mammals and birds have dropped at an alarming rate while more cats and dogs are going missing than ever before. Keep a close eye on your pets and children, because in Florida, you are now dealing two apex predator reptiles.
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