17-foot python slithers into Florida picnic area

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by WESH / Courtesy: Richard Eugene Blount

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Posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

FLORIDA -- A family got quite a shock when an uninvited guest slithered into a picnic area in Florida. They were visiting from Arkansas and captured this snake on camera.

A 17-foot Burmese python was killed by a park ranger.

In January, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a 2013 Python Challenge.
They hope this will help control the expanding population.

A grand prize of 15-hundred dollars will go to the person who kills the most pythons and a thousand dollars will go to the person who kills the longest python.

Researchers say pythons have devastated rabbit, fox, opossum and bobcat populations.

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