Animals
6:51 am
Sat January 12, 2013

'Python Challenge' Asks Floridians To 'Harvest' Snakes

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 12:08 pm

Transcript

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

They call it The Python Challenge.

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SIMON: Today and for the next month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is asking Floridians to tangle with the Burmese Python. They call it a harvest. Of course, that means that they want people to hunt pythons. How do you hunt pythons? Very carefully, I'm sure. They're huge constrictor snakes that can grow to be more than 20 feet long.

Now, like many of us, the python is a tourist to Florida, not a native species. But the snake doesn't just go to Disney World and fly back home, it stays and threatens the birds, reptiles, and mammals who live in the Everglades. The commission is offering $1500 grand prize to the person who bags the most pythons. And harvesters can keep the skin.

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SIMON: And you're listening to NPR News.

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