The battle between Florida residents and the newly introduced striped ball python subspecies is heating up even after a whirlwind, all hunters-welcome open snake season. Hundreds of invasive pythons were killed, recorded and registere this season, but they are still prolifically reproducing in Florida waterways.
This non-native species is a threat to all other forms of natural life in the Florida region including some land dwelling mammals and in extreme cases, humans. The number of pythons now calling the Florida land and waterways home are unknown, but are thought to be in the tens of thousands. Recent Burmese striped ball python bags have included specimens measuring over 15 feet in length and weighing almost two hundred pounds.
Florida Fish and Game Authorities are devising incentives for local hunters, fishers and trophy-seekers to increase their efforts in controlling this unwanted, dangerous species. Recently, prizes have been set aside for successful striped ball python hunters in amounts exceeding $10,000. The largest specimens are breeding females and males who are beyond the age of five years with access to the plentiful game in Florida’s vast subtropical and wetland wilderness areas.
Special hunts and snake season permits are available through Fish and Game outlets, along with information pertaining to the areas in Florida most affected by this unwanted and destructive species.
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