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Month long 'open season' on Florida pythons comes to a close


Staff writers
February 17, 2013 — After a month, the most successful snake hunters in Florida are recognized for their prowess.


Burmese pythons are not native to Florida and have been impacting the local ecology
Burmese pythons are not native to Florida and have been impacting the local ecology

You might call it the Oscars of snake hunting.

After a month-long Burmese python hunt in the Florida Everglades, the victors in the quest for the invasive reptiles picked up their awards at a special ceremony in Miami. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed the hunt due to the fact Burmese pythons, which are not native to Florida, were impacting the local ecology, feasting on native species.

Around 1,600 people registered for the unique "open season," and after a month, they could boast of nabbing 68 snakes. 

One hunter, Ruben Ramirez, managed an astounding haul of 18, winning the grand prize of $1,500. 

Paul Shannon may have caught less, but still walked away with $1,000 for catching the longest, more than four metres long.

Despite their efforts, the sad fact is, the hunters barely made a dent in the total population of the invasive snakes. There are estimated to be tens of thousands of them crawling through the Everglades.

With files from CNN

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