December 6, 2012 | 2:29pm
Invasive pythons continue to reek havoc through out Florida's swampy ecosystems, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a novel way to help control the population: a hunting contest.
Yes, the FWC is offering prize money for the most pythons bagged overall, and the longest snake killed.
The contest will be open to two categories: one for the 70 or so officially licensed python hunters, and one for everyone else. The Herald reports that anyone who wants to enter must pay a $25 registration fee, take a relatively short online course, and sign a liability waiver (because, really, what could go wrong when you encourage just anybody to go out and kill giant snakes in the middle of the swamp?)
$1,500 will be awarded for the most snaked killed in each category. $1,000 will be awarded in each category to the person who bags the longest snake.
The competition lasts about a month, and kicks off on January 12th and ends on February 10th. Awards will be giving out at Zoo Miami on February 16th.