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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:00

(Reuters) - Florida wildlife officials are looking for a few good snake slayers as they enlist the public to combat a proliferation of pythons that have invaded the Florida Everglades.

Combating a surge of pets turned predators, state officials have placed a bounty on the Burmese python in an attempt to eradicate the species from the environmentally sensitive marshy region known as the River of Grass.

The latest attempt will enlist the help of professional python hunters and weekend enthusiasts, who will compete beginning January 12 for the cash in what has been dubbed the "2013 Python Challenge."

The goal of the month-long event is to reduce the number of non-native reptiles that are gobbling up indigenous wildlife at an increasing rate. Winners will receive up to $1,500 for the longest snake, while $1,000 will be awarded to the serpent killer who brings in the largest haul.

"Part of the goal of the Python Challenge is to educate the public to understand why non-native species like Burmese pythons should never be released into the wild and encourage people to report sightings of exotic species," said Kristen Sommers, head of exotic species programs for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Burmese pythons became established in 2000 in the state, which has one of the world's worst invasive reptile and amphibian problems.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:06

I hope they are eradicated - they're an invasive (non-native aggressive) species that's raising hell wirh the local ecosystem. Time to go.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:10

Yeah get rid of those nasty snakes or ship them back to where they came from.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:23

This is why I've never had or allowed any snakes in my home, they either escape or get too big and someone thinks the smart thing to do is release it

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:40

Instead of the pathons may be the humans first. . .talk about invasive. . . :woot:

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:55

Hope that they get rid of all the snakes. :woot:

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:56

The only good snake is a dead one.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:59

They should eradicate snakes from the midwest too. I've had it with these *** snakes on these *** plains!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:13

What about snapes?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:16

We don't have invasive snakes, but we deal with invasive fish species, the Lionfish

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:57

We don't have invasive snakes, but we deal with invasive fish species, the Lionfish


The Tigerfish must get stronger to defeat them!!!!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:09

We don't have invasive snakes, but we deal with invasive fish species, the Lionfish


What about the invasive snakehead fish?