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Florida alligator caught devouring python at national park

An amateur photographer in Florida shot a video in Everglades National Park that replaces “wild” with “wildlife.”

Alison Joslyn caught an alligator eating a Burmese python, a large snake not native to Florida, while riding her bike in the Shark Valley portion of the park on Dec. 20 and shared the footage on social media.

“I knew right away that I was looking at something very special,” she told Storyful. “I thought we both might be dead until the crocodile opened its eyes and looked at me! Phew! Score her one for the home team!”

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) website, the Burmese python is considered an invasive species due to its impact on native wildlife.

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A large Burmese python is seen inside the mouth of an alligator in Everglades National Park on December 20, 2023. (Alison Joslin, via Storyful)

This species is known as one of the largest snakes in the world and is often seen near and underwater. The average length of adult Burmese pythons caught in Florida is 6 to 9 feet, but the largest can reach up to 18 feet, according to the FWC.

“In Florida, Burmese pythons have been found preying on a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and even alligators,” the FWC said. The agency says the species can be “humanely harvested year-round on South Florida's 32 commission-managed lands without a permit or hunting license.”

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The video shows a python inside the crocodile's mouth. (Alison Joslin, from Storyful)

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Amateur wildlife photographer Alison Joslin said she felt she was seeing “something special”. (Alison Joslin, from Storyful)

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According to the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum website, Everglades National Park is “the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist,” where freshwater and saltwater from Lake Okeechobee mix, making it the only place in the United States where you can see alligators. Said to be the only place. From the sea.

According to the National Park Service, the park averages 1 million visitors. It is home to 13 endangered and 10 endangered species.

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