Inside the 2013 Florida Python Challenge

When the Florida Wildlife Commission offered $1500 for the most Burmese Pythons caught in the Everglades in a month, they had no idea that almost 1,600 would-be wranglers and a cabal of journalists would flock to the cypress swamps for what turned out to be more of a reality-TV audition than a good ole-fashioned bounty hunt.

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When the Florida Wildlife Commission offered $1500 for the most Burmese Pythons caught in the Everglades in a month, they had no idea that almost 1,600 would-be wranglers and a cabal of journalists would flock to the cypress swamps for what turned out to be more of a reality-TV audition than a good ole-fashioned bounty hunt.

Read the full story: There Are No Pythons Here

George Brana drops off python number 16 at the University of Florida check-in station in Ft. Lauderdale.

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An Everglades house off Rt. 41 exhibits receded peat soil.

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Bill Booth climbs from the canal onto the levee. The cattails on either side of the boardwalk are overgrown due to phosphorous runoff from cane production.

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Bill Booth waits for the boat.

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Bill Booth takes a call from Ruben Ramirez, who's just caught his seventeenth python.

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Ruben Ramirez shows his latest catch to some neighborhood kids in Miami.

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A turtle dead in its shell in the Francis Taylor.

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A put-in at the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area.

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A Florida kingsnake, caught by Bill Booth's crew.

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Bill Booth walks the Francis Taylor.

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Bill Booth logs his progress on GPS.

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The camera man, Jim, and Dusty Crum ride to the levee.

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Striking a pose with the "pea shooters."

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Blake and Steve's 9-foot python in the lights of the refueling tank on the levee.

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Bill Booth in the Francis Taylor.

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A fisherman along the canal.

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A python skin from last week's hunt stored in a cooler.

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The head of a dead python caught in the Francis Taylor.

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An Everglades house off Loop Road in Okeechobee, Florida.

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One last road cruise with the Florida Python Hunters.

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The author with the latest catch.

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Filed To: Science / Nature / Photography / Miami
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