Thursday, October 06, 2005

Clash of the "Charismatic Mega-Fauna"

I saw this on the news last night and then Sarah passed it on to me this morning.



The gist of the article is that pythons a la BTM* are invading the everglades and battling alligators for control of the swamps, and that this feud for supremacy has lead to this weird encounter of a snake eating a whole, live alligator and then simply exploding.

And as if the subject matter itself isn't fantastic and gory enough, the article goes on to give us wonderful tidbits like:

Until a gator's spinal cord is severed and literally stirred into jelly with a special tool [...] a dead alligator gives a remarkably good imitation of being alive.

and:

Snow's detailed field notes provide some evidence the snake was the attacker -- there were wounds on the gator's head and "large wads of alligator skin" in what remained of the snake's digestive tract.

As Sarah has pointed out, you could take this footage and combine it with the Giant Squid Movie and you've got a fortune in the making.

* Big Thing Movie. See also Orca

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