27 Pythons Killed So Far in Florida's Python Hunt

Competition continues in Florida Everglades

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 1:54 PM EDT
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2013 Python Challenge Kicks Off With Many People Signing Up

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A Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off ceremonies in Davie, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 for the 2013 "Python Challenge" organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Senator Bill Nelson Goes on Python Hunting Expedition Into Everglades

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a native Floridian and lifelong hunter, tried his hand at python hunting Thursday. Biologist Shawn Heflick talked about how tough it is to spot the snakes.

2013 Python Challenge Kicks Off With Many People Signing Up

The 2013 Python Challenge kicked off Saturday, snatching people's attention from all across Florida and from many other states. NBC 6 reporter Donna Rapado has the story. Interviewed are FWC spokesman Jorge Pino and Kristina Serbesoff-King, of the Nature Conservancy.
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University of Florida researchers are examining more than two dozen Burmese pythons harvested as part of the state's "Python Challenge."
 
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Tuesday that 27 of the invasive snakes have been killed so far in the competition that began Jan. 12.

  More than 1,000 people signed up to hunt pythons in the Everglades through Feb. 10 in the hopes of winning cash prizes. Competitors are allowed to keep the python skins, once researchers finish examining the snakes.
 
Researchers say the large number of hunters will help them gather more information about the snakes' habits. It's unknown how many pythons live in the Everglades. The snakes are considered a menace to native Florida wildlife, and they face both state and federal bans.

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