On Friday, golfers witnessed a Bᴀᴛᴛʟᴇ of two Fɪᴇʀᴄᴇ Pʀᴇᴅᴀᴛᴏʀs on a golf course in Florida: An American alligator and a Burmese python were seen wrapped in a sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇ for life. No word yet on who won.
Burmese pythons and alligators are common sights in Florida, but the ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ between two huge reptiles was surprising to onlookers. It’s unclear which animal started the ꜰɪɢʜᴛ.
Richard Nadler, whose Facebook profile identifies him as a dentist, was approaching the 10th hole at The Golf Club in Naples when he spotted the gator entwined with the large snake and snapped these pictures.
Both creatures were perfectly still, but it appeared the gator had the head of the snake in its mouth.
Mr Nadler shared pictures of the incredible reptile deadlock on Facebook, writing: “The alligator seems to have the upper hand.”
Carolyn Maxim, who also came across the sight, added: “It’s like a zoo here!!!! Looks like he got one of those big pythons.”
But soon afterwards the unfazed golfers carried on their game and let the beasts get on with their business.
Mr Nadler told: “We drove towards the hole and we took a look at the animals and we took pictures and we continued with our golf game.”
A python’s strong body can sǫᴜᴇᴇᴢᴇ much larger animals to ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, including dogs and deer. The snake’s ᴄʀᴜsʜɪɴɢ ɢʀɪᴘ can ʙʀᴇᴀᴋ ribs and ᴄʜᴏᴋᴇ their ᴘʀᴇʏ to ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, making pythons formidable ᴏᴘᴘᴏɴᴇɴᴛs.
But an alligator has the strongest bite force ever measured, ᴄʀᴜsʜɪɴɢ their ᴘʀᴇʏ with the strength of 3,700 pounds per square inch. When an alligator gets something in its mouth, it’s nearly impossible to get it to let go.
Both Pʀᴇᴅᴀᴛᴏʀs have their own strengths, depending on many factors including the overall size of each species that we can predict who will win the battle. In this case, we can see the size of the gator is much larger than the python so it is normal for the snake to be ᴅᴇꜰᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ.