Burmese Pythons in Florida

1135 WordsMar 5, 20135 Pages
Burmese Pythons in Florida There are many different types of snakes in the state of Florida from the average garden snake to the very venomous Eastern Diamondback Rattle but so far the only one that has both citizens and politicians truly worried about are the Burmese Pythons that are located in the Everglades, a National Park located in southern Florida. Burmese Pythons have a beautiful patterned skin, a rapid growth rate, which is known as the largest snake of choice to be owned by human. During, captivate Burmese python are poorly taking care of; some turn on their owners and end up killing them. Due to, them being poorly taking care pythons are release into the wild or in a nearby wooded area to defended for themselves and find food.…show more content…
In early January of 2013 legislators came up with a very way of catching pythons that are loose and out of the National Park, it is called the “2013 Python Challenge”. There is a hunt for Burmese pythons in the Everglades, this contest started in the later part of January and will end the 18th of February. Nearly 1,600 hunters from 38 states, Washington D.C. and Canada, took part in the challenge, which offered cash prizes (Tuffley). The Challenge lasted for a month in which 68 pythons were caught. A$1500 reward was given to the hunter who caught the most pythons and $1000 for the hunter who caught the longest. As of the 11th of January there has been 11 pythons caught in the Everglades and are being kept at the University of Florida; until, the contest is over. There is a prize for the longest and the biggest snake caught. (Greenwood). According to the website, the hunt is being conducted "to raise public awareness about Burmese pythons and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife." (Surely, the appeal of saying that one has successfully captured and killed a gigantic invasive death snake should not be discounted, either.) (Greenwood). Although Burmese Pythons are from Southern and Southeast Asia, they were brought here as a trade for exotic pets. They can live up to 25 years; grow to be 25 to 26 feet long; weigh up to 200 pounds or more. Most people see them as a threat to the
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