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US 10-day Everglades python hunt kicks off

05:10  11 january  2020
05:10  11 january  2020 Source:   latimes.com

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The Florida Everglades are famous throughout the world, with alligators as perhaps their Hunters can spend a whole week of 12-hour days looking for pythons without finding a single one, so In four years of tracking, the team has removed 10 ,000 pounds of python biomass from their research area.

In the Florida Everglades , Burmese pythons have taken over where they don’t belong, threatening other wildlife. Now a war against them is underway through

A 10-day python hunting contest opened Friday in the Everglades, with cash and prizes for those who do the most to rid Florida of the snakes that are wiping out native wildlife.

a close up of a snake: Darda, a newborn Burmese python, is 17 inches long. Nine-year-old Emerald, captured on the same day by python removal agent Tom Rahill, is 17 and a half feet long.© Courtesy Tom Rahill/Miami Herald/TNS Darda, a newborn Burmese python, is 17 inches long. Nine-year-old Emerald, captured on the same day by python removal agent Tom Rahill, is 17 and a half feet long.

The Florida Python Challenge held a kickoff event in Markham Park in Sunrise, as members of the public prepared to head into South Florida’s watery wilderness to root out snakes that are capable of consuming full-grown deer.

Bass Pro Shops donated two Tracker Off Road 570 ATVs as prizes for those who catch the most pythons, in pro and rookie categories. Other prizes include $2,000 for catching the longest python and for catching the heaviest python. Special prizes will be awarded to veterans and active-duty military contestants.

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An invasion of Burmese python in the Florida Everglades is threatening the area's sprawling ecosystem. Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day , stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access.

A live necropsy and egg count on a 17-foot female python , performed on April 13th, 2017 in Naples, Fla. Biologist Ian Bartozsek performed the necropsy on an

Burmese pythons, native to southern Asia, came to the Everglades through the exotic pet trade. They established breeding populations and took a terrible toll on native animals, especially mammals such as marsh rabbits. Extremely difficult to detect in the dense vegetation of South Florida marshes, they have confounded attempts to eradicate them.

Although more than 9,500 have been removed, many times that number remain. No one knows how many pythons there are, but estimated have been in the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands. The largest snakes removed have been more than 18 feet long.

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