Friday, January 26, 2007

7 Metre Long Python Eats 11 Guard Dogs

Huge Snakes Seen Wrestling Alligators In The Everglades

Photo from the New Straits Times website

The New Straits Times reports from Segamat that local villagers have solved the mystery of why guard dogs around a farmer's orchard have been disappearing.

A seven metre long python has been eating them.

In three months, the monster 70kg python is believed to have consumed 11 dogs.

The name was so huge it took six men some three hours to catch it. They tied it to a tree until Wildlife and National Parks Department officers came to collect it.

As well as eating dogs, some monster pythons like to wrestle alligators :

In February, a group of tourists at the Pa-hay-okee Overlook in Florida's Everglades National Park stumbled upon a battle between an alligator and a python. The stunned onlookers watched as the snake wrapped itself around the alligator, only to see its opponent counter by rolling over and grabbing the snake in its mouth and swimming off with the snake in its jaw.

It was not the first such battle. In January of last year, a horde of tourists watched another epic contest between an alligator and a python at the park's Anhinga Trail. After more than 24 hours in the jaws of the alligator, that snake broke free and moved off into the marsh.

For now, the alligators in the Florida Everglades are holding their ground against the invading snakes. But the odds may be changing. The park is being overrun with Burmese pythons, one of the world's largest snakes. These pythons can grow to be more than 20 feet (6 meters) long in their natural habitat in Southeast Asia.

The Burmese python is just one of thousands of non-native animal and plant species that have invaded the United States in the last decades.

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