What happens when two worlds meet

This National Park Service handout photo released 05 October 2005, shows the carcass of an alligator as it protudes out to the right from the curved body of a dead Burmese python in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000145" title="Everglades National Park" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/everglades-national-park-PLCUL000145.topic">Everglades National Park</a>, in south Miami-Dade, Florida, 27 September 2005. Scientists in Florida are puzzling over a Burmese python that ate a six-foot alligator before its stomach ruptured. They found the carcasses in an isolated part of Florida's Everglades National Park. The photo show the alligator's hind legs and tail sticking out of the 13-foot snake's ruptured gut. Scientists can't figure out how the snake got the alligator down. The snake's head is also missing. Experts say the clash is interesting, but it also shows the exotic snakes are competing with alligators to top the food chain in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000115" title="Everglades" href="/topic/environmental-issues/natural-resources/everglades-PLTRA0000115.topic">Everglades</a>.

( MICHAEL BARRON, AFP/Getty Images / October 5, 2005 )

This National Park Service handout photo released 05 October 2005, shows the carcass of an alligator as it protudes out to the right from the curved body of a dead Burmese python in Everglades National Park, in south Miami-Dade, Florida, 27 September 2005. Scientists in Florida are puzzling over a Burmese python that ate a six-foot alligator before its stomach ruptured. They found the carcasses in an isolated part of Florida's Everglades National Park. The photo show the alligator's hind legs and tail sticking out of the 13-foot snake's ruptured gut. Scientists can't figure out how the snake got the alligator down. The snake's head is also missing. Experts say the clash is interesting, but it also shows the exotic snakes are competing with alligators to top the food chain in the Everglades.

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