Caught on Camera: A Python and an Alligator Fight In A Death Match

Written by Kirstin Opal
Updated: June 15, 2022
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If you were to put your money on an alligator or a python in a fight, who would you bet on? With alligators weighing in at up to 1,000 pounds and 15 feet in length, you might think they have the upper hand. Pythons, however, can reach up to 33 feet in length and up to 250 pounds. Pythons unique shape and immense strength allows them to capture and kill significantly larger prey. What’s more, they can often fight back and suffocated other predators, even when they are being bitten themselves.  

The majority of alligators are opportunistic predators. Based on size and availability, they consume whatever is the simplest prey. Fish, fowl, turtles, snakes, amphibians, and mammals make up the majority of their food.

The world knows pythons for their voracious appetites. The huge snakes have been discovered with the remnants of everything in their guts, from larger deer and impalas to spiky porcupines. Pythons have also been observed to face off against crocodiles and alligators.

A Youtube channel with the name Ojatro uploaded a jaw-dropping video of a python and alligator facing off in the wild. The two animals are seen in the water in the Florida Everglades. The coiled-up snake starts to slowly swim its way over to the alligator. 

With just the nose and mouth above the water, the snake isn’t quite sneaky enough. The alligator spots him and quickly changes position. Now with his giant mouth hanging open, the gator thinks he has the upper hand. In the blink of an eye, the snake lunges and digs its fangs into the gator’s snout. 

The two start battling for their lives. The alligator begins trashing around in hopes to get part of the python’s body into his mouth. At the same time, the slithering snake starts wrapping his body around the giant apex predator

One moment you think the gator is going to come out on top with the python’s body hanging out of his mouth until the snake begins strangling his prey. Winding the rest of his body through the gator’s mouth, the python is able to get away before the alligator makes one last attempt. 

One comment mentions, “The alligator could end things instantly with a well-placed bite but if the python gets a solid wrap around it could also be lights out for the gator. It depends on the situation in many ways.”

The way the python stares at the end says it all. It’s almost as if he’s saying, “See ya later, alligator!” I don’t know about you, but I spent the entire time watching this interaction on the edge of my seat. What happens in the wild is truly incredible. 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs, 14-year-old dog, or her cat Spirit, Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.