A python was seen wrapped around an alligator on the Fiddler’s Creek Golf Club in Florida on Friday.
Dr. Richard Nadler was golfing with friends when he came across a back-up at the 10th hole.
“We were asking them to please hurry up because everyone was waiting to tee off,” he said.
Little did he know, he was about to see something you don’t see every day.
“They drove back to explain to us that it was actually an alligator and python entwined. So that’s what everyone was taking pictures of that’s what the back up was. So we drove towards the hole and we took a look at the animals and we took pictures and we continued with our golf game,” Nadler said.
He said it’s not that uncommon to see alligators, but this particular scenario was different.
“In this particular golf course, there is a lot of wildlife. It’s an absolutely beautiful course, with tons of wildlife. We don’t normally see these animals entwined or having a fight or fighting for their life or whatever, but in this case the alligator is wrapped with this python,” he said.
Nadler described the bizarre encounter.
“They were absolutely still,” he said. “There was no grappling going on — nothing. The python’s head was in the mouth of the alligator and the alligator was just sitting there absolutely still with his eyes wide open not moving. And he had all these people around him these golf carts and people walking around taking photographs.”
His Facebook post has received thousands of shares and comments from people across the country.
“It’s been crazy. I even turned off notifications but I’m still getting notifications,” Nadler said. “The comments that I read, it was very interesting to read them. And so many people thought it was fake and photoshopped. It was very funny.”
One man even traveled from Iowa after seeing the post to play at the course.
“I saw the video in Iowa about the alligator with the python wrapped around it, and it was something. So I came right down stay at Marco Island and I’m going to go out tomorrow and play at Fiddler’s Creek,” Dan Becker said.
He said he hopes to catch a glimpse of the gator, but plans to keep a safe distance.
Several people said that the ‘battle’ ended with the alligator dragging the snake into the water.
“Apparently there was no intervention and the next morning they were all gone and the assumption was that the alligator won and that was the end of it,” Nadler said.
We reached out to Fiddler’s Creek management and they did not wish to comment. However, we were told that security was on hand throughout the incident, which reportedly lasted for four hours, to make sure nobody got too close.
Calls to Florida Fish and Wildlife were not returned at the time of this story’s publication.