Florida Set For Python Challenge

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 11:49am

State holds contest with cash prizes to help curtail invasive Burmese python population.

Calling all snake hunters. The state of Florida wants you.

Actually, Florida wants you even if you've never hunted snakes. And there's cash at stake.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is inviting anyone and everyone to join a special snake-hunting mission called the 2013 Python Challenge.

Florida is trying to rid the state of dangerous Burmese pythons. It's believed thousands are slithering around South Florida.

The Python Challenge invites people to hunt the snakes on public lands.

The hunt starts this Saturday. There are two divisions: one for the general public, the other for python permit holders.

The contest will award cash to the winning hunters in each division: $1,500 for capturing the most Burmese pythons and $1,000 for nabbing the largest one. The largest Burmese python ever documented in Florida was 17 feet long.

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