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American Alligator and Python fight to the death

Thanks for looking ! Jose


Jill Vahlquist , April 16, 2009; 02:47 A.M.

One more different animal capture... You get very interesting animals shoot... Fantastic capture and shoot... Great work...

All the best, Jill

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Marc Epstein , April 16, 2009; 10:47 P.M.

It's a great documentary shot - a native species helping to control an exotic species. I would think it is a news worthy shot... its not very common to catch these two in combat so originality is high .. the image also has several points of interest in natural history. nice shot!

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jose garcia , April 17, 2009; 08:54 A.M.

Fight to the death

Thank you all for the feedback , this fight actually took place in the Everglades National park on 12/24/05 . I was actually 25 miles from the park doing my last minute Chirstmas shopping , when a fellow photographer called me from the park and told me about this battle that had been going on for more than 6 hours . I got to park and proceeded to shoot for more than 2 hours . The fight ended when the Alligator took the snake under the water and disappeared . Two days later I found the alligator close to the same spot with the dead snake in his mouth .

Julian Burke , April 17, 2009; 06:49 P.M.

Very interesting situation well photographed.

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J.C. Lopez-Johnston , April 17, 2009; 09:19 P.M.


A nice photograph but a sad consequence of the irresponsible snake keeping of foreign species!

But, any way , interesting photographs to be used by Wildlife and Park Service!


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jose garcia , April 17, 2009; 10:15 P.M.

Park Rangers had orders to shoot

While this battle was going on there were two park rangers , one of them with a 12 gauge shotgun . One of them told me that they had orders to " Destroy " the Python in the event that the alligator failed . She also told me that these snakes have been breeding in the Everglades since the 1980's after irresponsible exotic pet owners dumped them there .

Best Regards


Miroslav Kalinaj , April 19, 2009; 02:28 P.M.


This is Jose what I call to be at right place in right time. Dramatic subject indeed and I admire your courage to approach them, both snakes and crocodiles are not exactly animals I would like to have close to me. Very well done!

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Greg Owen , March 11, 2013; 08:35 P.M.

I am always photographing alligators and have a few photos up of them so I did a search on the site to see what else was here and found this. WOW! I am sooooo happy the alligator won this battle. Had it been a smaller gator I think the result would have been different unfortunately. Great job.

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Giuseppe di Pietrantonio , January 02, 2016; 08:22 A.M.

Very interesting and impressive capture!

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