An entire alligator has been found inside a Burmese python in Florida, as seen in disturbing images circulating on the internet. According to News week, the 18-foot python was captured by Everglades national park workers and euthanized. They took the unusually swollen reptile for an autopsy and found a six-foot-long alligator in its stomach. Burmese pythons are considered invasive in the Everglades, and during the 2022 Florida Python Challenge held in August this year, hundreds of them were removed from the area.
The horrifying images of the discovery were shared by geoscientist Rosie Moore on Instagram and later appeared on other social media platforms such as Reddit.
The images shared on Instagram last Tuesday have been viewed more than 10 million times. It shows the scientists evaluating the bulge in the python’s stomach before opening it. They can then be seen removing the entire alligator from its stomach.
The geoscientist said Burmese pythons should be euthanized in Florida. “Due to South Florida’s subtropical environment, combined with the Burmese pythons’ long lifespan and rapid reproduction, these snakes have successfully invaded ecologically sensitive areas such as Everglades National Park, posing a threat to a variety of wildlife. , because of the python’s wide feeding preferences,” Ms. Moore said in her post.
Burmese pythons, originally brought to the United States as pets, have become a threat to the Everglades since humans released them into the wild in the late 1970s.
The snake has no natural predators and feeds on other reptiles, birds and mammals such as raccoons and white-tailed deer.
The exact number of Burmese pythons in Florida is unclear, but according to News weekthe number is well over 100,000.
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