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    Snake bursts after gobbling gator

    An unusual clash between a 6-foot (1.8m) alligator and a 13-foot (3.9m) python has left two of the deadliest predators dead in Florida's swamps.
    The Burmese python tried to swallow its fearsome rival whole but then exploded.

    The remains of the two giant reptiles were found by astonished rangers in the Everglades National Park.

    The rangers say the find suggests that non-native Burmese pythons might even challenge alligators' leading position in the food chain in the swamps.

    Clearly, if they can kill an alligator they can kill other species

    Prof Frank Mazzotti

    The python's remains with the victim's tail protruding from its burst midsection were found last week. The head of the python was missing.

    "Encounters like that are almost never seen in the wild... And here we are," Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

    "They were probably evenly matched in size. If the python got a good grip on the alligator before the alligator got a good grip on him, he could win," Professor Mazzotti said.

    He said the alligator may have clawed at the python's stomach, leading it to burst.

    "Clearly, if they can kill an alligator they can kill other species," Prof Mazzotti said.

    He said that there had been four known encounters between the two species in the past. In the other cases, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw.

    Burmese pythons - many of whom have been dumped by their owners - have thrived in the wet and hot climate of Florida's swamps over the past 20 years.



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    OMG...thats mingin

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    LOL thats ancient. It was on the BBC website about a year ago or summet. EDIT (didnt mean to sound that harsh )

    Looks quite appetising eh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbo_Scott
    LOL thats ancient. It was on the BBC website about a year ago or summet. EDIT (didnt mean to sound that harsh )

    Looks quite appetising eh
    Its old news?? I found this link on todays pages

    I know the BBC like to play old movies, but to show old news again, damn!

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4313978.stm

    Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 21:42 GMT 22:42 UK


    Sorry bud
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    It was in the Top Emailed Link! Sorta the most looked at thing
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    surprised that sort of thing hasn't happened to me after going to the 'all you can eat chinese'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbo_Scott
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4313978.stm

    Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 21:42 GMT 22:42 UK


    Sorry bud
    I thought I found something exciting too,

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    you did find summat exctiering AL..i hadnt seen it before

    good gind chik

    i do agree with tee tho...well mingin...but very interesting
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    I think they also had this in Loaded or FHM last year

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