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  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the annual hunt of one of the biggest and most invasive species in the state.
  • Whoever catches the longest snake will net $1,500, while the hunter who snares the most will earn $2,500.
  • “In Florida we take conservation seriously and like to have fun doing it,” DeSantis tweeted.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Thursday the annual hunt of one of the biggest and most invasive species in the state. 

From July 9 to 19, both professionals and amateurs will have the chance to hunt Burmese pythons for cash rewards. Whoever catches the longest snake will net $1,500, while the hunter who snares the most will earn $2,500, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Burmese pythons are one of the “most concerning invasive species'' that compete with native wildlife for food in the Everglades National Park, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS estimates that tens of thousands of Pythons inhabit southern Florida. 


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A Burmese python can grow to a length of 26 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds, but the average python in the state is around 8 to 10 feet, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A female burmese python can lay anywhere from 50-100 eggs. 

The pythons are not a protected species and can be killed year around in south Florida without a permit. 


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Published on Jun 03, 2021