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Florida Python Challenge Ends

The hunt, which began January 12, had a turnout of 1,500 registrants with 50 pythons killed, according to the last report.

2/11/2013


The Florida Python Challenge ended last night at midnight, and contestants have until 5 p.m. today to turn in pythons to qualify for a cash prize. The hunt, which began January 12, had a turnout of 1,500 registrants with 50 pythons killed, according to the last report. The final tally will be announced February 16 at the Zoo Miami, where prizes will be awarded to the hunter with the longest and the most pythons.


When we last reported on the python hunt, only 30 snakes had been taken. Since then more snakes were added to the tally, however the snakes didn't seem to steal the spotlight in this event. It turns out two young hunters would make headlines in connection with the challenge when they became stranded and disoriented in the Florida Everglades. The two men were rescued by air rescue units. Clearly they should have taken some python hunting tips from the Florida man who's job title is "invasive species technician." This man, according to the Tampa Bay Times, can literally smell the snakes, "Once you smell it, you don't forget it," he said.


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