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Florida Brings Back Python Challenge

Last time, 1.6K hunters killed just 68 snakes

(Newser) - Three years after a month-long hunt involving 1,600 hunters bagged a grand total of 68 pythons , Florida is bringing back the "Python Challenge." The hunt, part of efforts to get rid of the invasive species that is squeezing native wildlife like opossums out of the Everglades, kicks... More »

Cops Catch 12-Foot, Cat-Strangling Snake

Python found near dead feline in Florida: police

(Newser) - A giant python's reign of terror may be over. A Port St. Lucie, Florida, police officer found the 12-foot, 120-pound creature two days ago—at the scene of one of its alleged crimes. The snake was discovered in brush not far from a dead cat, WTSP reports. Locals and... More »

Monster Python Bagged in Florida

18-footer is just short of state record

(Newser) - A huge Burmese python shot and killed by a snake control agent in the Florida Everglades is long enough to swallow the world's two tallest people with room to spare, but the 18-footer is just shy of the state record. The 150-pound female was measured at 18 feet 2... More »

Oopsss: Fla. Python Hunt Names Wrong Winner

The real longest snake captured was returned to the Everglades

(Newser) - The wrong hunter nabbed some glory when Florida named the winners of its Python Challenge, reports the Miami Herald . A pair of hunters who bagged an 11 foot, 1 inch snake were the real winners of the longest-snake-captured category, but the winner was named as somebody who brought in one... More »

Final Tally in Fla. Python Hunt: 68

Take that, tens of thousands of dreaded, non-native reptiles

(Newser) - Florida's ambitious 2013 Python Challenge has officially wrapped, and after some 1,600 hunters combed the Everglades in the month-long state-sanctioned slaughter of the estimated tens of thousands of snakes that can reach 18 feet in length, well ... ladies and gentlemen, there were 68 casualties. "You can go... More »

Florida's Python Hunt a Flop?

1,500 hunters kill ... 50

(Newser) - More underwhelming news for Florida's "Python Challenge": Despite 1,500 would-be snake hunters joining in the month-long attempt to thin out the Burmese pythons living in the Florida Everglades, just 50 snakes have been killed or captured, reports the Telegraph . "They are very evasive," explains one... More »

Florida Python Challenge Not Going So Well

Only 11 Burmese pythons found so far by 800 hunters

(Newser) - And they're off! Sort of. Florida's "Python Challenge" kicked off on Saturday, drawing 800 python hunters with big-snake and big-money dreams to southern Florida. But as the Daily Beast reports, the event hasn't exactly spelled doom for the creatures. By Monday, hunters had killed or captured... More »

400 Flock to Everglades for Mass Python Hunt

'Python challenge' attracts participants from all over US

(Newser) - Almost 400 people have signed up to help Florida take on the Burmese pythons squeezing native wildlife out of the Everglades. People from all over the US have joined the monthlong 2013 Python Challenge, which offers prizes including $1,000 for the longest python killed, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.... More »

Florida's Challenge: $1K to Killer of Longest Python

State tries new tactic in bid to deal with invasive species

(Newser) - Florida has an interesting way of dealing with the invasive Burmese pythons colonizing the Everglades: dangle cash prizes in front of would-be hunters. Next month's 2013 Python Challenge, run by the state wildlife commission, will award $1,000 to the hunter who kills the longest snake, and $1,500... More »

Record Find in Everglades: 17-Foot Python, 87 Eggs

Well, 17 feet, 7 inches to be exact

(Newser) - It's going to take more than a brutal cold snap like the one in 2010 to wipe out the tens of thousands of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, say scientists dissecting the largest one ever found in the area. The 17-foot, 7-inch snake was carrying 87 eggs, also... More »

Pythons Squeezing Life Out of Everglades

Invading snakes blamed for drastic decline in mammal populations

(Newser) - The native mammals of the Florida Everglades have been all but wiped out by huge numbers of pythons and anacondas descended from released pets, a new study finds. After nearly a decade of night-time road surveys in the 1.5 million-acre national park, researchers found that raccoon and opossum sightings... More »

Couple Gets 12 Years After Pet Python Crushes Toddler

Lawyer blames sentence on Casey Anthony

(Newser) - A Florida couple whose pet Burmese python crushed the woman's 2-year-old daughter to death have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each on manslaughter and child neglect charges. Experts testified that the 8-foot-long snake was severely underweight and had tried to eat the child whole, reports the New ... More »

S. Florida Fears New Everglades 'Super Snake'

Florida hunts for new species of python

(Newser) - A state-coordinated hunt for a new invasive python population is under way in the Everglades, amid fears that Southern Florida could soon be home to a new “super snake.” The 3-day hunt launched Tuesday has so far nabbed at least five African rock pythons, one of them 14... More »

Fla. Python Hunt More Wild Goose Chase

(Newser) - The “Great Florida Python Hunt” is on, but the prey population is likely smaller—and less dangerous—than advertised, Paul Quinlan writes in the Palm Beach Post. Proponents have said there could be 100-150,000 Burmese pythons in the Everglades, a figure the media has seized upon. But the... More »

Pet Python Strangles 2-Year-Old

(Newser) - A 2-year-old Florida girl was strangled to death yesterday by a pet python owned by her mother’s boyfriend, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Charles Darnell noticed that his 8-foot-long albino Burmese python had escaped from its aquarium when he awoke yesterday morning. He found it on top of the girl... More »

Fla. Eyes Loosing Bounty Hunters on Pythons

Some 150K snakes living in Everglades

(Newser) - With pythons slithering amok in the Everglades, Florida wildlife managers are toying with the notion of employing bounty hunters to cull the population, the Miami Herald reports. “If we don't get on top of this, they're going to eradicate the indigenous species of the Everglades,” said one. Officials... More »

Balmy, With a Chance of Pythons

Dumped American pets thriving in wild on global warming

(Newser) - Burmese pythons could rapidly establish a stranglehold on the southern US due in part to snake-loving global warming, according to a new government report. With climate change and more pet owners releasing unwanted snakes into the wild, the adaptable serpent could soon call home any area from Northern California through... More »

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