As somebody who is absolutely mortified of snakes, even this video gives me cold chills.
However, where I come from, the worst snakes we have to worry about are typically copperheads, but black snakes and king snakes are the most common in my area. And thankfully, they’re pretty harmless…
So needless to say, it’s hard for me to imagine living in a swampy area, and possibly running into a massive python.
Apparently these sightings are not uncommon in South Florida, as Everglades City resident Carl Nicholson caught some WILD footage of an alligator dragging away a huge python.
According to Outdoor Life,Nicholson says the incident happened at the 29 Canal in South Florida, where gator and python sightings are all too familiar.
You can hear him say in the footage:
“That’s a big gator and he can’t even take it down. He’s trying.”
We’re talking about two fierce predators, and these types of gator/python encounters have been pretty common in the South Florida area.
Although alligators have long ruled the murky waters of Florida, Burmese pythons have recently found themselves right up there with the gators as top predators in the Sunshine State.
The outlet notes that there is an estimated population of 30,000, to 300,000 of pythons in the state of Florida, and they feed off a number of rabbits, deer, turtles, raccoons, possums, birds, and just about anything else they can take in.
Burmese pythons range from 10-16 feet in length, and are some of the strongest snakes imaginable.
Needless to say, the alligator had his work cut out for him in this one.