Florida’s python bounty program seems to be off to a good start.
Snakes… America’s favorite animal. Okay, maybe not. But these guys seem to be passionate and like them at the moment because they are making some money.
Burmese Pythons are becoming a problem in Florida and beginning to effect the ecosystem with the amount of native animal species they are consuming. With the issue rising, Florida has taken action with a Python Elimination Program.
With no time to waste, just 10 days into the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Python Elimination Program, hunters have removed ten Burmese pythons with a combined length of nearly 100 feet and just over 400lbs of weight, saving hundreds of native animals in the process. SFWMD has paid nearly $2,000 in cash to the bounty hunters that are showed in this video.
Yes, you heard right. 400 lbs of snakes! A majority of America’s worst nightmare, real life in the flesh.
According to South Florida Water Management District news release, the 25 participants began hunting after the program orientation on March 25 and will continue hunting until June. Participants are paid $8.10 per hour up to eight hours daily. Depending on the size of the snake presented, there will be an additional on-the-spot per payment of $50 for pythons measuring up to 4 feet and an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. An additional $100 will be given for each eliminated python nest with eggs.
This image simply breaks down part of the payment structure.
So, there is a little bit of money to be made if you consider yourself a good snake wrangler and have the grit to chase snakes that are bigger than yourself.
One thing is certain, a large portion of the public is glad to see some of these monsters taken from their area. And a few animals are as well.