Florida wants you to help find, capture, and dispose of massive Burmese Pythons

April 15, 2015 11:00 PM

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The python challenge was last held in 2013, when about 1,600 participants caught 68 snakes. That figure might seem low, and didn’t put much of a dent in the Everglades’ Burmese Python population (there are tens of thousands in South Florida) but scientists still called it quite a feat. The snakes camouflage well and are generally quiet. Biologist Cheryl Millett, one of the partners of the 2013 challenge, told National Geographic at the time that 68 was “a little more than I expected.”

Next year’s event is still in very early stages, FWC Exotic Species Coordination Section Leader Kristen Sommers told Fusion in a phone interview. Registration will open in October, and the actual challenge won’t kick off until January. The challenge, Sommers said, is really about raising, and mainta...

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