Unprecedented video shows a boobet attacking an attacker’s insecure nestA stalemate ensued for the eggs and then when the 14-foot snake returned to its nest in the Florida Everglades.
Footage from the Big Cypress National Preserve is “the first documented hunting of a python’s egg in Florida,” and the first evidence of an animal fighting the Burmese python in the Everglades, according to a report. U.S. Geological Survey.
Trailcam video captured by USGS cameras from June to August 2021 shows a curious boobet chasing a python’s egg nest. The local animal can be seen approaching the unsafe nest on June 1 and eating eggs, then digging in the nest the next day and hatching more eggs.
When Bobcat returned the same day, the python returned with its eggs, and Bobcat could be seen clean. But on June 4, Bobcat returns, and the trail cam catches the animal swinging on the nesting dragon.
CBS Miami Reports Over the course of several days, the male bobcat can be seen “eating, trampling, catching and opening eggs during the dragon’s departure, but fighting a larger snake and trading at least occasionally.” According to the USGS
Researchers say the images show a python weighing about 85 pounds hitting a bobcat at one point, which weighed about 20 pounds. Subsequent images, he said, “show the python facing up to its coils back and forth, facing Bobcat, who can then be seen swiping from the left side of the frame towards the python, then to the right. Goes because Azgar visually tracks Bobcat. ”
A few days later, when the biologists arrived, they transferred the female python and found that the nest had been destroyed, counting 42 “invincible or destroyed” eggs.
Over the next several weeks, the camera caught a bobcat “searching the area and clearing damaged eggs and egg shells,” the researchers said.
The research was this. Published Last month in the journal Ecology and Evolution.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Burmese pythons have grown up in the South Florida ecosystem, in the process eradicating indigenous species.
Today, the Everglades is infested with giant snakes, with devastating consequences. A 2012 study by the U.S. Geological Survey found thatBurmese python attacks on the Florida Everglades, raccoon and opossum populations have shrunk by almost 99%, and some breeds of rabbits and foxes have effectively disappeared.