Florida's 'Python Bowl' brings hundreds together for one goal: Catching huge snakes

Florida’s ‘Python Bowl’ brings hundreds together for one goal: Catching huge snakes

kicked off in Florida over the weekend as efforts to eradicate the invasive Burmese pythons heat up.” data-reactid=”16″>NAPLES, Fla. – Python Bowl 2020 kicked off in Florida over the weekend as efforts to eradicate the invasive Burmese pythons heat up.

Florida Python Challenge is a 10-day event that began Friday in which veteran hunters and novice snake surveyors head into the field to capture as many pythons as possible.” data-reactid=”17″>The Florida Python Challenge is a 10-day event that began Friday in which veteran hunters and novice snake surveyors head into the field to capture as many pythons as possible.

As of Monday morning, 662 people had registered to participate and 18 snakes had been turned in to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s check stations. 

The competition is broken into two teams: the pros and the rookies. Competition revolves around the longest invasive snake, heaviest snake and largest number of snakes pulled out in the 10-day period.

What is it? ” data-reactid=”20″>Florida Python Bowl 2020: What is it? 

These wild burmese pythons were used for a training session by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on how to capture pythons in the wild.

“The intent of the Florida Python Challenge 2020 Python Bowl is to bring continued awareness to invasive species issues in south Florida and engage the public in participating in Everglades conservation through invasive species removal,” state wildlife commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson wrote in an email.

An expert at spotting pythons, she said she’ll be out chatting with the other competitors and giving advice to those new to the endeavor.

Donna Kalil captures a wild Burmese python in the Everglades west of Miami. She hunts several days a week and has notched hundreds of the invasive species.

The wildlife commission hopes the event will help “generate data from concentrated removal of Burmese pythons, such as their size and locations.”

Segelson wrote that one goal is to continue educating the public and help people learn how they can help.

“These pythons can grow up to 20 feet and 200 pounds, and the problem is they’re not native and decimate the natural food chain and wreak havoc on native species,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “If we don’t take action to remove them … the rest of the Everglades is harmed.”

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The Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida has supported the python challenges every time they’re organized, said Michelle Ashton, a spokeswoman for the organization.

“Thanks to our money and the money raised from corporate and private donors, we’ve been able to support a good number of prizes,” she said. “We’re also providing logistical support for registration and the exhibit at the Super Bowl.”

The foundation has made invasive pythons one of its main initiatives, Ashton said.

“We are really hopeful this not only raises awareness about how much of a problem pythons are – it’s doing a great job in educating the public,” she said. “We’re helping to support projects to track pythons, but at the end of the day people going out and removing them is most effective.”

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