Florida python challenge brings in 50 pythons so far

February 12, 2013 by  

Over the past month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been holding a Florida Python Challenge near Largo, Florida in order for hunters to harvest the Burmese python, which is well camouflaged when it is out in the wild.

As there were more than 800 people who registered to enter the challenge, it is most likely that flyer printing and poster printing were used to attract this many hunters.

The Burmese python is a nonvenomous snake and can grow over 17 feet in the wilds of Florida. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), 50 such pythons have been caught to date. Sunday, February 10, at midnight was the deadline for hunters to submit their findings which, will be now processed and logged by the University of Florida.

According to Kenneth Wright, the Chairman of the FWC, the Python Challenge has its immediate goal to see who was able to capture the greatest number of and longest Burmese pythons from public lands that are specially designated in the southern area of Florida. In addition, the Challenge is designed to focus the interest and support of the public, not only in Florida but across the United States, and get people more involved in dealing with Burmese pythons in the area. He is pleased that so many people entered the Challenge so that they can help protect the diverse native wildlife of the Florida Everglades from the issues that have been a result of the existence of these snakes.