Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

by Jimmy Akin

in Curios & Humor

Python Eats Aligator, Explodes . . .


Alligators have clashed with nonnative pythons before in Everglades National Park. But when a 6-foot gator tangled with a 13-foot python recently, the result wasn’t pretty.

The snake apparently tried to swallow the gator whole _ and then exploded. Scientists stumbled upon the gory remains last week.

The species have battled with increasing frequency _ scientists have documented four encounters in the last three years.

The gators have had to share their territory with a python population that has swelled over the past 20 years after owners dropped off pythons they no longer wanted in the Everglades. The Asian snakes have thrived in the wet, hot climate.

"Encounters like that are almost never seen in the wild. … And we here are, it’s happened for the fourth time," Mazzotti said. In the other cases, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw.

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

While the gator may have been injured before the battle began _ wounds were found on it that apparently were not caused by python bites _ Mazzotti believes it was alive when the battle began. And it may have clawed at the python’s stomach as the snake tried to digest it, leading to the blow up.

(CHT to the reader who e-mailed.)

I can’t help but thinking that Toho Studios is going to be coming out with a Pynthona Vs. Gatora film sometime soon.


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Varenius October 6, 2005 at 12:21 pm

OK, all together now:
“No, it is I who will eat you!”

Jimmy Akin October 6, 2005 at 12:27 pm

Varenius DEFINITELY wins that round!

Brad Haas October 6, 2005 at 12:53 pm


Giacinto October 6, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Stupid snake. Everyone knows that you start at the tail end when attempting to swallow a gator whole.

Steven D. Greydanus October 6, 2005 at 1:19 pm

I’ve eaten gator tail!
And it doesn’t taste like chicken. (It tastes kind of like clam.)

Jimmy Akin October 6, 2005 at 1:28 pm

I’ve had gator, too, and Steve’s right. Contrary to the joke, it doesn’t taste like chicken.
It has a texture kind of like chicken but it tastes more like frog or fish.

Jimmy Akin October 6, 2005 at 1:29 pm

I’ve never had python, though I have had rattlesnake.
It *did* taste like chicken.

KristyB October 6, 2005 at 2:01 pm

Eww eww eww! To have come upon that scene.

Alois October 6, 2005 at 2:03 pm

“Python Eats Aligator, Explodes . . .”
Another sign of the end times, no doubt!

Vince C October 6, 2005 at 5:16 pm

It is not for nothing that gluttony is a sin.

JonathanR. October 6, 2005 at 5:54 pm

Idiot snake should’ve waited for the alligator to die. You can’t swallow something with teeth and claws that’s still alive and kicking and not feel the pain. :)

Jimmy Akin October 6, 2005 at 6:17 pm

An interesting gender-related discovery pertaining to this thread over here.
CHT to Trish for pointing out the central insight.

Anonymous October 6, 2005 at 6:25 pm

“Eww eww eww! To have come upon that scene. ”
To come upon the SMELL at that scene!

Dennis_Mahon October 6, 2005 at 10:45 pm

All I can say is…

Rosemarie October 7, 2005 at 6:48 am

Two dangerous predators killed each other. Yeah, it’s gross, but after watching nature shows that illustrate how dangerous both alligators and pythons are to humans, I don’t exactly feel too bad about it.
[Pssst! Don’t tell PETA I said that :-) ]
In Jesu et Maria,

Gene Branaman October 7, 2005 at 9:04 am

Yet another prood in nature of why one of my mottos is:
Never eat anything as big as your head!

Vato October 7, 2005 at 9:55 am

Better to stick with Monty Python. In their world, fake penguins roosting on television sets explode.

Bill Quinnan October 7, 2005 at 4:23 pm

If only he’d taken his Pepto Bismal.

john richard October 8, 2005 at 1:16 pm

I’m from Louisiana, and gator taste like gator, sheesh, totally amazing that people will compare tastes of things. apples don’t taste like oranges do they? then gator tail taste just exactly like gator tail, nothing else.

Julie October 9, 2005 at 4:30 pm

This is the only site I found that had this story. We were all sitting eating fried fish and my Aunts husband told me about this snake eating a gator. The first thing my husband says is thats why gluttony is a sin. It’s nice to know other people think as we do!

Edward May 9, 2006 at 9:50 am
Anonymous July 6, 2007 at 12:26 pm

gat damn i mean that was a beast i got a snake but wow .

Anonymous November 13, 2007 at 5:55 am


Matthew Lindsay November 13, 2007 at 5:55 am

That one hurt him

arthur February 4, 2008 at 8:40 am

how did the python die

STEVEN March 2, 2009 at 6:53 pm

omg.STUIPID SNAKE.YOU HAD A EXPLOSIVE defeat woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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