Claim: Photograph shows a snake that burst trying to eat an alligator.
Status: Real photo; undetermined description.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Is this real?
Origins: We’re used to the idea that snakes can distend their jaws to swallow food many times the size of their own heads, but we’re not quite used to idea that they might literally eat themselves to death trying to swallow prey too big for their own good (and body
That’s supposedly what happened in the above-displayed photo taken in Florida’s Everglades National Park on
Given that the head of the python was missing (and apparently nowhere to be found), a possible alternative explanation is that the python ate an alligator (possibly an already-dead one it came across), and some other
Three other gator-python encounters had been documented in the previous three years, all of which ended with the gator’s successfully escaping from or killing its serpentine attacker.
Last updated: 11 April 2006