The two animals died as a result of the snake swallowing prey that was too large for it to digest
A 1.5-meter alligator found inside a python in Florida
Scientists from a laboratory in Florida (USA) found, to their astonishment , a 1.5 meter long alligator inside a dead Burmese python in the Everglades, a region of tropical wetlands located in that state from the southeastern United States.
Local media this Friday detailed the strange discovery of the two animals, both dead as a result of the python swallowing a prey with a size that was impossible for it to digest.
The scientists who inspected the snake were shocked when they performed a necropsy on the python and found that the alligator was virtually intact.
Neither animal survived, but the scientists said they will not forget this spectacular find.
Burmese pythons are an invasive species in the area that pose a threat to the ecological balance in the Florida Everglades, which is why the authorities encourage their capture.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionThe FWC of Florida reported last October that at least 231 Burmese pythons were euthanized during the annual “Florida Phyton Challenge” competition, aimed at fighting this species.
Photo provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) showing a Burmese python in the Everglades, the largest nature reserve in South Florida (EFE/Carollyn Parrish/FWC)
The entity detailed that the participants eliminated a total of 231 invasive Burmese pythons during the 10-day competition.
Since 2000, more than 16,000 pythons have been captured Burmese, according to the FWC, which is part of the Florida Python Challenge organization.
The pythons have caused the population of mammals such as field mice, weasels, raccoons or rabbits to drop by up to 99% in some areas of the Everglades and it is feared that they will wipe out a large part of the wildlife in an ecosystem in which they live. they spend millions of dollars to protect it.
Predatory Burmese pythons, which reproduce very quickly, are believed to have entered the Everglades by being released on purpose by pet owners or inadvertently following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Since then they have been disrupting ecosystems by eat a wide variety of native species.
Each female lays between 60 and 100 eggs per year. Once it reaches adulthood at five years old, the snake has no predator other than the armored human and the occasional adult alligator.
“To date, 73 have been found animal species (24 mammals, 47 birds, and two reptiles) in the guts of the Burmese python in Florida, as documented by collaborator Christina Romagosa's team at the University of Florida.
Researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Floridain December captured the largest python ever recorded outside its native range, weighing 97.5 kg and measuring almost 5.5 meters.
(With information from EFE)