In a Florida backyard, an alligator attacks a snake. #2

A Florida homeowner got quite the surprise when they looked out their window to see a dramatic scene unfolding in their backyard. On the morning of April 26th, a large American alligator and a large Burmese python were seen engaged in a fierce battle in the homeowner’s backyard. The fight, captured on camera by the homeowner’s son, saw the alligator eventually winning the fight after a few minutes. The alligator was seen dragging the dead python, estimated to be around 10 feet long, across the backyard.

Alligators and pythons are both native to Florida, and while the two species are sometimes seen in competition for food sources, this type of encounter is rare. Alligators typically prey on smaller animals, such as fish, turtles, and other reptiles, while pythons typically hunt rodents and birds. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) warned residents that it’s important to remember that alligators are wild animals and should not be approached. Alligator attacks on humans are extremely rare, but they can and do happen. Residents are advised to keep their distance, never feed the alligators, and to always be aware of their surroundings when near water.

The FWC also warned that while this type of encounter between these two species is rare, it could become more common in the future. As Florida’s climate continues to warm, the python population is expected to increase, while the alligator population is expected to stay relatively stable. This could lead to more encounters between the two species, which could potentially be more dangerous for humans. Ultimately, this unusual encounter between an alligator and a python is a reminder of the wild nature of the Florida environment. While alligators and pythons may not usually interact, it’s important to remember that they are both wild animals and should be treated with respect.