Showing posts with label alligator. Show all posts
Showing posts with label alligator. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Alligator chomps down on Burmese Python in Florida Everglades


When it comes to a battle between an alligator and Burmese Python, which would you pick as the top predator?

As it turned out in this case, witnessed by Steve Greene from a bridge—and seen in his photo above—it was the alligator.

Greene reported the alligator and python incident to the Everglades National Park Facebook page: “I saw this... as you are heading to Royal Palm. The Gator was thrashing around which caught my attention. The gator was moving fast and very determined to get under the bridge.”

The Burmese Python is an exotic and invasive species living in the Everglades and I’m pretty certain the Everglades National Park was happy to see the alligator winning this battle, since officials have been trying everything to control the fast-growing population of Burmese Pythons in the park.

But we must point out that the alligator doesn’t always win this battle. The Everglades National Park says, “sometimes it’s the reverse.”

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Alligator's stomach contents reveal appetite for sports



A 13-foot alligator, trapped at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island, S.C., was euthanized because it was a nuisance alligator.

Why was it a nuisance alligator? Because it ate everything in sight.

Here’s what trappers found when they opened up the alligator’s stomach:

1 soccer ball.
2 baseballs.
1 tennis ball.
2 unidentifiable balls.
53 fishing lures.
Half pound of lead sinkers.
A 4-foot gator.
18 rocks.
1 beer can.
2 turtles.
And a partridge in a pear tree.*

 * Just kidding about the partridge in a pear tree, though it could've been true.

Mark Carinus, who assists Critter Management with trapping and harvesting nuisance gators, told IslandPacket.com:

"People don't understand that this gator could not be relocated. It would eat any smaller gator. It snapped up the soccer ball at the water's edge and it could easily snatch a dog or a small child."

Actually, it's too bad they had to euthanize the alligator. It would have made a fine addition to the area’s clean-up crew.
 

Thanks UnderwaterTimes.com! 

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Orange alligator discovered in Florida neighborhood


Sylvia Mythen of Venice, Fla., couldn’t believe her eyes. As double takes go, this one was a doozy.

From mysuncoast.com:
"When I was coming back from work this morning I passed by, and I thought I saw what I thought I saw, but I had to back up and come and look again." Sylvia Mythen says she barely believed her eyes. "It was indeed an orange alligator." [...]

A biologist told Mythen that the orange gator is extremely rare. So rare in fact that he's never even seen one.

Gary Morse from Florida Fish and Wildlife says, "The official opinion from our alligator experts is that this is alligator is not naturally orange. We believe it's orange from paint, stain, iron oxide or some other element in the environment that has left a coating on the animal, making it appear orange."
We’ll vote for the anomaly. It’s just an orange alligator. Accept it.

Thanks to TreeHugger.com for the tip.

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