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400 Apply to Hunt Pythons; Home Filled With Reptiles Found

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Nearly 400 people from 17 different states have signed up for the 2013 Python Challenge this weekend in the Everglades, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. There are cash prizes for the longest snake, and for the hunter who nabs the most, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Meanwhile, a couple in Pinellas County faces animal cruelty charges for keeping nearly 300 animals -- including seven pythons and many other reptiles -- in poor condition in and around their home, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 
 
 
In addition, the Oldsmar couple was charged with child abuse or neglect after they reported their 16-month-child was missing. The child turned out to be in the care of a relative, not kidnapped. While investigating, the Sheriff's Office discovered the Burmese pythons, 20 other snakes, about one hundred bearded lizards and other animals, the Times reports.