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The Florida Python Challenge 2016 is Now Underway

The Florida Python Challenge might be our best chance of getting rid of this invasive species. 

Another Florida Python Challenge is underway in southern Florida and local residents have really responded. As of the writing of this article, over 600 participants have registered, taken the training, and printed off the permits to chase and track down one of the most threatening invasive species in the state.

The last Python Challenge, back in 2013, resulted in 68 snakes removed from the swamps of Florida with over 1,600 participant participation. The current month long competition is expecting even better numbers of people wishing to help remove these snakes and have a little bit of fun in the process.

Here’s all the information you need to join in on the hunt.

The Florida python threatens many local snakes and other wildlife in the region with their ability to adapt to their surroundings as well as how well they have taken to the swamps of Florida. As an invasive species, officials are doing everything they can to remove this threat as quickly as possible.

The snake hunt does have restricted areas where participants can search for snakes. In some areas, snakes are restricted to being captured and transported, whereas other areas allow the killing of the snakes. All pythons have to be registered in order to qualify for points and prizes.

But you know, any python removed should be reward enough.

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The Florida Python Challenge 2016 is Now Underway