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Burmese Python v Alligator Gar
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Burmese Python - Python molurus bivittatus
The Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus) is the largest subspecies of the Indian Python and one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, native to a large variation of tropic and subtropic areas of Southern- and Southeast Asia. They are often found near water and are sometimes semi-aquatic, but can also be found in trees. Wild individuals average 3.7 metres (12 ft) long, but may reach up to 5.74 metres (19 ft). In general, individuals over 5 metres are rare. Burmese Pythons are dark-coloured snakes with many brown blotches bordered in black down the back. Like all snakes, Burmese Pythons are carnivorous. Their diet consists primarily of appropriately-sized birds and mammals. The snake uses its sharp rearward-pointing teeth to seize its prey, then wraps its body around the prey, at the same time contracting its muscles, killing the prey by constriction. 

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Alligator Gar - Atractosteus spatula
The alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) is a ray-finned euryhaline fish related to the bowfin in the infraclass Holostei /hoʊˈlɒstiaɪ/. It is the largest species in the gar family, and among the largest freshwater fishes in North America. The fossil record traces its existence back to the Early Cretaceous over a hundred million years ago. Gars are often referred to as "primitive fishes", or "living fossils" because they have retained some morphological characteristics of their earliest ancestors, such as a spiral valve intestine, which is also common to the digestive system of sharks, and the ability to breathe both air and water. Their common name was derived from their resemblance to the American alligator, particularly their broad snouts and long, sharp teeth.  Mature alligator gar commonly measure 6 ft (1.8 m) in length, and weigh over 100 lb (45 kg).


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#2
The snake takes this, rather easily. I'm quite certain these pythons predate on lots of gar in their transplanted habitat of southern Florida. Even at max sizes, I doubt the gar could bite hard enough to seriously hurt the snake, unless it grabbed it by the head, and, since gars are very slow and sluggish in the water, it would be very hard for one to do that.
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#3
The fish gets crushed, quickly.
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#4
Easy win for python until gar grap snake's header.
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#5
The gar is an ambush predator, but that won't work in a full fledged battle.

Not to mention a python can take a while to kill if not bitten on the head, even by a large crocodilian:



The only time a fish (outside of the bullshark) may be a match for the python would be a significantly wider catfish:

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#6
That's true, a really large catfish would cause more problems for a constrictor (or any snake, really) than a gar would. The catfish has a much bigger head/mouth compared to a gar at equal body sizes, even though aside from a few species, they don't have much in the way of teeth. Additionally, the spines a catfish has on its pectoral and dorsal fins could do some damage to any snake that tries to shoot a coil over its body. I still think the snake would win the majority of the time, but it would be closer.
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