Palm Beach Post reporter Joe Capozzi was enjoying a bike ride through Big Cypress National Preserve when a series of intense splashes caught his attention. When he rushed over to the scene, he witnessed an incredible display of the power of mother nature as he saw an alligator caught in epic combat with a Burmese python.
Burmese pythons are a non-native species in Florida, with wildlife experts blaming people taking them in as pets and ultimately releasing them into the wild as the explanation for how so many of them came to live in the area. Internationally, the species is considered to be threatened, according to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
In a pamphlet about the pythons, the National Park Service says, "Many federal and state agencies are working to remove these large reptiles from ecosystems within the state to try to outpace the reproduction of these snakes in the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp."
A biologist from the nature preserve says that hunters will be on the lookout for the python in hopes of preventing harm to other native species.
The video is disturbing, as the python's method of execution involved squeezing the alligator tightly and keeping it submerged underwater until it drowned, but is a reminder of the power of nature.
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[H/T Orlando Sentinal]