You can be a snake hunter and have a good impact on the Florida Everglades. Here’s how you can help protect Florida against the Burmese python.
Many Burmese pythons that were pets have been released in the Florida Everglades. There could be an estimated 300,000 of the non-native species there. They have no natural predators and have reproduced quickly.
The state has hosted hunts to try to control the massive population of these non-venomous snakes. For the 2022 Python Challenge in the Everglades, the public is encouraged to help control the python population and help in the restoration of the Florida Everglades.
The Python Challenge begins August 5 and runs for 10 days. The state will pay for every python caught. The largest python caught will win a $1,500 prize, and the one who catches the most pythons will receive a $2,500 prize. In 2021, 232 pythons were caught, up from 80 in 2020.
To participate, you can register for a $25 fee at FLpythonchallenge.org. There is also a mandatory training course that can be taken online.