Florida seeks snake bounty hunters to cull booming python population
If you’re unemployed Indian flautist, own a large basket, and are willing to travel, you may have a job waiting for you in Florida. The state plans to train snake bounty hunters to cull some of the 100,000-plus pythons known to live in the Everglades, and there are even calls for a controlled hunt on federal lands.
Though a pet python reportedly strangled a 2-year-old child to death two weeks ago in an Orlando suburb, experts say the real threat is to Florida wildlife. The snakes, which can grow to 20 feet, are known to consume prey as large as bobcats and deer, as evidenced by the famous photo of a 13-foot python that burst after trying to eat a six-foot alligator. There are now so many of them that they could eventually challenge natural dominant predators.