A golf game in Naples, Florida was rudely interrupted and the players didn’t seem to mind. Out there in the green, they were treated with a very rare scene of an alligator locked in a game of death with a Burmese python.
In her Facebook page, Caroline Maxim uploaded a photo of the fight, and the gator seemed to have the upper hand. “Gator on the 10th green at Fiddler’s. It’s like a zoo here!!!!” she wrote. “Looks like he got one of those big pythons.”
Dr. Richard Nadler told NBC News2 that the two reptiles were absolutely still.
“There was no grappling going on, nothing,” he narrated. “The python’s head was in the mouth of the alligator and the alligator was just sitting there absolutely still with his eyes wide open not moving.”
The alligator wasn’t even bothered by all the people on the course taking photographs, as well as the golf carts rushing to the scene. Ultimately, some of the players, Nadler included, got bored and moved on to finish their game.
Nobody touched the two wild animals during their wrestling match. The next morning, Nadler recounted, the alligator and the python were already gone. “The assumption was that the alligator won and that was the end of it,” he said.
The NY Post said that by sheer length alone, the Burmese phyton—which can grow as long as 26 feet—trumped the alligator. A large python can also squeeze about six pounds of pressure per square inch causing internal bleeding and damage to its prey. In Florida, however, the average size of these snakes is about 8-10 feet.
In contrast, a female gator can grow at least 10 feet from snout to tail. However, it’s not uncommon for the males to be much larger and heavier. In this case, the gator has an advantage because it can just drown its opponent. While some snakes can stay underwater for half an hour, a gator can stay for as much as two hours without any problems.