(EVERGLADES, FLA) — A viral video showed a nearly intact 5-foot alligator was discovered swallowed whole by a massive 18-foot Burmese python in the Florida Everglades.
Geoscientist Rosie Moore shared the video to Instagram, where it has racked nearly 15,000,000 plays and 2,908 comments.
The video shows a group of scientists cutting open the python, assessing the stomach lining that sculpts the alligator’s corpse. The alligator, almost completely intact, was then removed from the python’s stomach.
“This particular Python was roughly 18 ft, and had consumed a 5ft alligator,” Moore wrote. “This Python was euthanized by those who found it, and turned over to a research lab for necropsy and scientific sample collection.”
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), ‘a female Burmese python is capable of laying 50 to 100 eggs at a time, and since 2000, more than 17,000 wild Burmese pythons have been eliminated from the state of Florida.’
231 invasive Burmese pythons were removed by participants competing in the recently held Florida Python Challenge, a 10-day competition established to bring awareness to the threats the pythons pose to Florida’s ecosystem and aid in the elimination of the snakes.