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MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife officials hope a competition will help raise awareness about Burmese pythons and get them out of public lands in South Florida.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Wednesday the 2013 Python Challenge. Python permit holders and the public will compete to see who can harvest the longest and the most Burmese pythons. Wildlife officials say the goal is to help people understand why the nonnative species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife. Another goal is to collect information on the python population in South Florida and enhance research and management efforts. The challenge kicks off January 12.

Florida currently prohibits possession or sale of Burmese pythons for use as pets, and federal law bans the importation and interstate sale of this species.

If I cannot keep them as pets, what am I supposed to do after I harvest them???


The image above is from a CNN report on the Python hunt.

Wildlife officials say the 2013 Python Challenge is not only about killing snakes. "One of things that is very important to us is to educate the public about the Burmese python and how this species is impacting the state of Florida," Segelson said.

"We're hoping to inform people ... if they do have exotic pets that they understand the importance of not releasing them into the wild."

You heard him, kids. Do NOT release your Pythons into the wild!

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