Python Challenge announced for Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced its 2013 Python Challenge.
The FWC issued the challenge in an effort to raise public awareness about Burmese pythons and the threat this invasive species poses to the Everglades ecosystem.
As part of the Python Challenge, both the public and Florida's python permit holders are invited to compete and see who can harvest the longest and most Burmese pythons.
The challenge will start on January 12th and run for one month on public lands.
Grand prizes of $1,500 for harvesting the most Burmese pythons to both the public and python permit holders with an additional $1,000 going for the longest Burmese python captured.
The largest Burmese python documented in Florida was more than 17 feet in length.
You can go to www.pythonchallenge.org to learn more about the competition.