[GeoStL] OT: Thank goodness we're not in Florida

  • From: Ssudio@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 08:36:00 EDT

Remember this next time you're tempted to do one of those Chinese  Buffets.  
Python Bursts After Trying to Eat  Gator  
By DENISE KALETTE, Associated Press Writer 
_AP Photo:_ 
  In this photo 
provided by the Everglades  National Park, the carcass of a six-foot... 

The alligator has some foreign competition at the top of the Everglades food  
chain, and the results of the struggle are horror-movie messy. 
A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow  
a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said. 
The incident has heightened biologists' fears that the nonnative snakes could 
 threaten a host of other animal species in the Everglades. 
"It means nothing in the Everglades is safe from pythons, a top-down  
predator," said Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor. 
Over the years, many pythons have been abandoned in the Everglades by pet  
The gory evidence of the latest gator-python encounter â?? the fourth  
documented in the past three years â?? was discovered and photographed last 
week  by a 
helicopter pilot and wildlife researcher. 
The snake was found with the gator's hindquarters protruding from its  
midsection. Mazzotti said the alligator may have clawed at the python's stomach 
the snake tried to digest it. 
In previous incidents, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent  draw. 
"There had been some hope that alligators can control Burmese pythons,"  
Mazzotti said. "This indicates to me it's going to be an even draw. Sometimes  
alligators are going to win and sometimes the python will win." 
It is unknown how many pythons are competing with the thousands of alligators 
 in the Everglades, but at least 150 have been captured in the past two 
years,  said Joe Wasilewski, a wildlife biologist and crocodile tracker. 
Pythons could threaten many smaller species that conservationists are trying  
to protect, including other reptiles, otters, squirrels, woodstorks and  
sparrows, Mazzotti said. 
Wasilewski said a 10- or 20-foot python also could pose a risk to an unwary  
human, especially a child. He added, however, "I don't think this is an 
imminent  threat. This is not a `Be afraid, be very afraid' situation.'" 

Copyright © 2005 The Associated Press. 

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