From Outside Magazine: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Wildife Officials Open Python-Killing Competition
$1,500 to the best snake-killer
Burmese pythons, a popular exotic pet, started appearing in the Everglades in the late ’70s after escaping—or being released—from people’s homes. The pythons, which have no natural predators in the Everglades and are known to eat birds, rodents, reptiles, and mammals, are considered a major threat to the region’s endangered species. The U.S. banned their import in January of this year.