Every so often in Florida, a bleary meth-head, in the midst of a fleeting moment of clarity, will realize that his decision to make a pet of a Burmese python was a poor one-- and the snake is unceremoniously set loose into the Everglades. When the python crosses paths with some of the indigenous wildlife what ensues can best be described as illegal immigration: reptile style.
The Burmese python tried to swallow its fearsome rival whole but then exploded. The python's remains were found with the victim's tail protruding from its burst midsection.
The photo shows the gruesome aftermath. The alligator, in a testament old-fashioned American determination, refused to give up merely because he had been eaten alive-- spending his final moments making sure he took the Asian invader with him. The park ranger says that he is aware of four similar encounters-- all either won by the gator or like this one, a mortal draw. USA! USA! USA!
This is hardly the first time that a dismembered snake has been used to represent North American nationalism. Benjamin Franklin's well known political cartoon at the left advocated colonial solidarity. The sentiment draw upon the old myth that a chopped up snake, if left in a bag overnight, would magically reassemble. Kind of like the myth I currently subscribe to about chopped up hookers.