Invasive Python Found Inside A Cottonmouth In The Everglades

Miami zoo snake
Miami Zoo

It’s a snake eat snake world out there.

You never know what you’re going to find in Florida. The tropical climate is home to some of the coolest wildlife in North America with all sorts of snakes, alligators and other creatures that aren’t spread too far to other parts of the country.

The Everglades are famous for many reasons, but recently the over population of invasive pythons are causing a big stir. These beasts can reach up over 15 feet in length and weigh up to 150 pounds of pure snake muscle. Being non-native to the area they have no true predators and have taken over as they prey on literally everything and have no real predators.

It’s become such a problem, pythons have a bounty on them, and it’s open season on as many as you can find.

Take the cottonmouth, or water moccasin as it’s known, they would generally never go for the larger snake, but a lack of food drives them to do wild things. Cottonmouths are a venomous snake that reaches 4 feet in length and eats smaller animals mainly, as they roam around wet areas.

These researchers at the Miami Zoo tagged a python and released it back into the wild to get to know more about how they live to better manage the problem.

The tag showed something weird, and they found the python inside the belly of a cottonmouth.

Check out these x-rays. You can even see the tag right in the snake’s belly still attached.

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A beer bottle on a dock