It's open season on Burmese pythons in south Florida.
Everglades enthusiasts are hoping a month-long snake slaughter known as the Python Challenge will rid the swampy national park of its pesky python problem.
More than 400 people from 17 states are participating in the hunt, which began on Saturday and runs until Feb. 10, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported.
Toting rifles, shotguns and pistols loaded with pellet-scattering snake shot, snake hunters are looking to bag as many of the slithering beasts as they can. The prize for most snakes slain is $1,500, while the hunter who snags the largest gets $1,000.
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