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Witness the Triumph: 10 Victorious Champions Seize Over 200 Burmese Pythons in 2023 Showdown

Congrats to the highest Burmese python wranglers!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials, joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, announced the 10 winners of this yr’s Florida Python Challenge, with 80 Burmese Pythons captured among the many champions.

The python removal competition began at midnight on Aug. 4 and concluded on Aug. 13 with greater than 200 snakes faraway from the south Florida swamps. This brings the overall variety of pythons caught from the challenge through the years to just about 1,000, not including the pythons captured by year-round hunters.

Meet certainly one of the winners:‘My office is the Everglades’: Florida woman gave up her real estate job to hunt Burmese pythons

What’s the Florida Python Challenge?

The Florida Python Challenge is a 10-day competition created by FWC to encourage participants to remove pythons from seven commission-managed lands in South Florida.

The Burmese python is a big, nonvenomous constrictor snake that’s an invasive species in Florida. Burmese pythons were introduced to Florida via the pet trade and are actually well established within the Everglades, where the snake represents a threat to the ecosystem.

FWC officials claim the intent of the challenge is to not only remove the predators but additionally to spread awareness of the hazards they pose.

What number of Burmese pythons were collected through the challenge this yr?

The annual Python Challenge this yr had 1,050 participants from 35 states and Belgium who removed 209 Burmese pythons from South Florida.

Overall Ultimate Grand Prize – Paul Hobbs

Hobbs, with the assistance of his father and son, took home $10,000 for catching 20 Burmese pythons through the challenge.

Grand Prize Runner-Up – Ronald Kiger

Kiger took home $7,500 for removing 14 Burmese pythons through the challenge.

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