Hunters aim to control python population in Everglades

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/WSVN)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) — Hunters are setting out to help control the growing Burmese python population in South Florida for a profit of their own.

Burmese pythons have become a growing nuisance in Florida since 1992 when Hurricane Andrew toppled a reptile breeding facility and set all the pythons free into the wild.

The Burmese has no natural predator in the Everglades and the females can lay dozens of eggs at a time.

It is said that 100,000 Burmese pythons live in the Everglades.

The Burmese python coils around its prey to suffocate it and then swallows it whole.

The South Florida Water Management District is on a mission to get the python population under control with their Burmese Bounty Program.

Until May 25, hunters are allowed to go out and kill as many pythons as possible and then sell them.

Hunters have trapped about 100 snakes this season.

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