South Florida hunters kill 10 snakes in 10 days to help protect Everglades

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Ten Burmese pythons have been removed from South Florida in the past ten days, thanks to a Python Elimination Program.

The South Florida Water Management District introduced the program to protect the Everglades from the invasive pythons.

The hunt kicked off on March 25. Participants are paid $8.10 an hour up to eight hours daily. The hunters get additional payment depending on the size of the python they present, and if they can eliminate a nest with eggs.

The largest snake captured so far was more than 15 feet long and 135 pounds. Hunter Patrick Campbell earned $350 for his kill.

The hunters will continue with the program until June.


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