pythons

Researchers say invasive Burmese pythons are depleting so many animals in the Everglades, mosquitoes there are mainly biting a species of rat that carries a virus dangerous to humans. 

61 Pythons Bagged So Far In Challenge

Jan 27, 2016
Associated Press

Florida wildlife officials say 61 Burmese pythons have been caught so far in a state-sanctioned hunt.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Registration begins soon for the Python Challenge, which encourages hunters to kill or capture pythons in the Everglades for cash prizes.

J Pat Carter / AP

MIAMI — A public hunt for Burmese pythons in Florida’s Everglades won’t be repeated next year, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said Monday. 

Instead, the state is beefing up established programs that train licensed hunters and people who regularly work in areas known to contain pythons to kill or report exotic snakes.

“Certainly our work is not done with pythons,” said wildlife commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson.

People across 10 Florida counties have been issued citations and warnings for illegally selling animals online, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Some of the animals for sale included ball pythons, spiny lobsters and lovebirds. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission targeted people who were either selling animals without a license, or peddling creatures that are illegal to sell.