An alligator battling with another reptile is not an unusual sight in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida, but one confrontation turned really ugly.
Park rangers in Florida's Everglades National Park recently found the remains of a four-meter-long Burmese python with an alligator half its size protruding from its midsection.
They say the snake apparently tried to swallow the alligator alive, but neither reptile survived. Biologists think the python exploded during the meal.
Park rangers say the macabre scene is a sad indication of what can go wrong when Asian pythons are dumped into the Everglades by pet owners who have grown tired of them.
They say this upsets the natural ecosystem of the watershed by endangering smaller Everglades residents who might end up as a reptile's lunch.