Hunting pythons in the Everglades

The "Python Challenge" is organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. Experts say the invasive species is decimating native wildlife in the Florida Everglades. For the first time, the public is joining licensed hunters in the search for the snakes.

A Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off ceremonies in Davie, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 for the 2013 "Python Challenge" organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. Experts say the invasive species is decimating native wildlife in the Florida Everglades. For the first time, the public is joining licensed hunters in the search for the snakes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
A Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off ceremonies in Davie, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 for the 2013 "Python Challenge" organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. Experts say the invasive species is decimating native wildlife in the Florida Everglades. For the first time, the public is joining licensed hunters in the search for the snakes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
A Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off ceremonies in Davie, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 for the 2013 "Python Challenge" organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. Experts say the invasive species is decimating native wildlife in the Florida Everglades. For the first time, the public is joining licensed hunters in the search for the snakes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Trapper "Python Dave" Leibman holds a roll of snake skins he is selling at the Python Challenge kick-off in Davie, Fla. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been harvested in Florida since 2000, according to the conservation commission. It’s unknown exactly how many are slithering through the wetlands. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Trapper "Python Dave" Leibman holds a roll of snake skins he is selling at the Python Challenge kick-off in Davie, Fla. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been harvested in Florida since 2000, according to the conservation commission. It’s unknown exactly how many are slithering through the wetlands. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Trapper "Python Dave" Leibman holds a roll of snake skins he is selling at the Python Challenge kick-off in Davie, Fla. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been harvested in Florida since 2000, according to the conservation commission. It’s unknown exactly how many are slithering through the wetlands. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
TV crews pet and take photos as Capt. Jeff Fobb from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom Response Unit, holds a python during the kick-off ceremonies for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's month-long "Python Challenge" in Davie, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The 13-foot reptile was captured in a backyard swimming pool in 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
TV crews pet and take photos as Capt. Jeff Fobb from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom Response Unit, holds a python during the kick-off ceremonies for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's month-long "Python Challenge" in Davie, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The 13-foot reptile was captured in a backyard swimming pool in 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
TV crews pet and take photos as Capt. Jeff Fobb from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom Response Unit, holds a python during the kick-off ceremonies for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's month-long "Python Challenge" in Davie, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The 13-foot reptile was captured in a backyard swimming pool in 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Rodney Irwin looks over his shoulder at his veiled chameleon lizard during the kick-off ceremonies for the 2013 Python Challenge in Davie, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Irwin said he had rescued the lizard, native to Yemen, after it was turned loose by a breeder near the Everglades. Wildlife experts say pythons are just the tip of the invasive species iceberg. Florida is home to more exotic species of amphibians and reptiles than anywhere else in the world, said John Hayes, dean of research for the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Rodney Irwin looks over his shoulder at his veiled chameleon lizard during the kick-off ceremonies for the 2013 Python Challenge in Davie, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Irwin said he had rescued the lizard, native to Yemen, after it was turned loose by a breeder near the Everglades. Wildlife experts say pythons are just the tip of the invasive species iceberg. Florida is home to more exotic species of amphibians and reptiles than anywhere else in the world, said John Hayes, dean of research for the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Rodney Irwin looks over his shoulder at his veiled chameleon lizard during the kick-off ceremonies for the 2013 Python Challenge in Davie, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Irwin said he had rescued the lizard, native to Yemen, after it was turned loose by a breeder near the Everglades. Wildlife experts say pythons are just the tip of the invasive species iceberg. Florida is home to more exotic species of amphibians and reptiles than anywhere else in the world, said John Hayes, dean of research for the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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