Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Going on a Python Hunt
Florida has been invaded by pythons, a snake not native to the area that feasts on local wildlife and has no predators in the state. In response, there is a "Python Challenge" for a month were hunters obtain a permit and go on the hunt for the beasts.
How did pythons, native of India and Asia, find their way to Florida?
It's unknown, but officials speculate that unwanted pets were released into the wild following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Are pythons as dangerous as they sound?
Pythons can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh 200 pounds. They eat deer, raccoons, birds, panthers, bobcat, rabbits, and even bear.
Does this competition help curb the python population?
The first competition in 2013 netted 60 snakes.
How many snakes have been caught this year?
To date, 90 snakes have been caught this year... (as of Feb 4, 2016 counting date).
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