The Burmese python is an invasive species in Florida.
In 2013, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida held a Python Challenge to help remove the species from Florida’s Everglades.
The challenge returns in 2016.
Scientists have concluded the 2013 challenge didn’t do much to eradicate the python, with only 68 Burmese pythons removed by 1,600 participants.
But the event isn’t so much about removing pythons as it is about public awareness. Freed pythons have no natural predators in the Everglades. They can reach enormous sizes and wreak havoc on the ecosystem.
Event organizers learned a lot from the 2013 challenge. For the 2016 Python Challenge, they will have better hands-on training and public events for more effective python removal.
Registration information will be available soon.