Florida Everglades To Host Python-Killing Contest

The area is overrun with Burmese pythons that are destroying the local eco-system. Simpsons did it.

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Burmese pythons have overrun the Florida everglades, eating smaller species and throwing off the balance of the local ecosystem there.

This Saturday is the opening of the 2013 Python Challenge, a python-killing marathon, offering prizes of $1,000 for catching the longest snakes and $1,500 for catching the most.

The Florida Wildlife Commission's recommended killing method is a bullet or shotgun blast to the head, or the use of captive bolt, a device used in slaughterhouses that drives a metal shaft into the brain.