Palm Beach Post reporter Joe Capozzi witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime fight between an alligator and a python while biking in Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee.
Capozzi described the scene:
"Right there, just off the edge of Loop Road, no more than 15 feet away, an alligator was rising tail first and belly up over the surface of the water and then plunging back down. It was clear it was moving against its will. Then, as the gator rolled over and sank, something else came into view: the muscular coils of a very large snake.
"It was a sight, I would learn later, that's rarely witnessed in the wild — an alligator being attacked by a Burmese Python."
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