An alligator was just found inside the stomach of an 18-foot Burmese python in the Everglades.
Wildlife field workers found the massive snake and euthanized it on the spot. Since they are an invasive species that threaten other wildlife, Burmese pythons must immediately be euthanized in Florida.
Scientists took the snake in to evaluate it's bulging stomach and were surprised to discover a whole alligator inside. While some of the gator's skin had been broken down, for the most part, the alligator was still fully intact.
Geoscientist Rosie Moore led the examination and shared the video on Instagram.
The Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) is one of the largest snakes in the world (up to 20+ft). This particular Python was roughly 18 ft, and had consumed a 5ft alligator. 🤯 *Burmese pythons are required to be euthanized in Florida. This Python was euthanized by those who found it, and turned over to a research lab for necropsy and scientific sample collection. That process is shown in this video.
Due to the the subtropical environment of South Florida, paired with the Burmese pythons long life span and rapid reproduction, these snakes have successfully invaded ecologically sensitive areas such as Everglades National Park. This poses a threat to a variety of wildlife, due to the pythons wide dietary preferences.