Everglades National Park, courtesy
September 26, 2005
This Sept. 26, 2005, file photo by the Everglades National Park, shows the carcass of a six-foot American alligator protruding from the mid-section of a 13-foot Burmese python in Everglades National Park after the snake apparently swallowed the alligator resulting in the deaths of both animals. The number of pythons in South Florida and throughout Everglades National Park has exploded in the past decade to potentially tens of thousands, though wildlife officials aren't sure exactly how many are slinking around South Florida. A program to eradicate invasive pythons from Florida's Everglades began Friday July 17, 2009 with quick success: Trappers caught a nearly 10-footer within about an hour of setting out, a shock to even the experts.