Close to eight hundred people sign up to hunt pythons in a Florida contest

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The ‘Python Challenge’ contest will be held on public lands in Florida and will last an entire month. The contest is held by the Wildlife Conservation Commission and The Florida Fish and at the end of the contest cash prizes will be offered to whomever catches and brings the most pythons and to who catches the longest Burmese python.

The Burmese Python is one of the six largest snakes worldwide. The largest subspecies of the Indian Python is native to a large variation of sub-tropic and tropic areas of Southeast and Southern Asia but is also found in other places around the world.

Some people don’t like the idea of this contest as it is only decimating native wildlife. Federal law only bans selling and importing the species and does not protect it so the contest is legal. Florida Everglades officials just hope the contest will help them get rid of the python invaders.

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