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If visitors to a South Florida picnic area were bothered by ants, those worries surely passed the moment a 17-foot Burmese python slithered onto the grounds. The enormous snake was shot and killed after the sighting, by a family visiting from Arkansas, and the raw footage was supplied to CNN.

At 17 feet, the python was just shy of the Florida record: a 17-foot, 7-inch specimen captured last year.

The python hunt referred to in the CNN report is the "2013 Python Challenge," a month-long hunt that kicks off Jan. 12. The inaugural program, in which hunters armed with firearms and machetes will kill as many pythons as they can, is an attempt to dent the population of the invasive reptiles, which threaten native wildlife.

Burmese pythons, which prey on small mammals, birds, and even small alligators, are prolific breeders and prevalent throughout the Everglades. They're believed to have been introduced to Florida, initially, by pet owners who turned the snakes loose when they outgrew their pens.

Burmese pythons can no longer be acquired as pets in Florida, and it's illegal to transport the reptiles across state lines.

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These giant, invasive snakes need to be eliminated.

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[quote]Burmese pythons, which prey on small mammals, birds, and even small alligators, are prolific breeders and prevalent throughout the Everglades.[/quote]

I will be staying well clear of the Everglades from now on.

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[quote name='Growled' timestamp='1356826009' post='595422452']
I will be staying well clear of the Everglades from now on.
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Yeah not a popular place to visit for most.

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[quote name='*RedBull*' timestamp='1356828447' post='595422544']
Yeah not a popular place to visit for most.
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I've never had any desire to go there and I sure don't now. All they would need now is to mention giant mutant spiders.

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I hate when snakes invade my picnics.

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We had a 7 foot black rat snake wander out of our barn while we were using our picnic table. Didn't pay it no mind - they're not a problem. Neither are the local rattlesnakes.

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its just a burmese they are only harful to small children but so are most dogs.... seriously people get over it you can own one in england without a license because they are harmless when you know what you are doing ... YOU need more education they are obviously not going anywhere its to late they are there to stay so just get over it

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