The Florida Burmese python hunt ends with 106 less Burmese pythons slithering around South Florida’s wetlands thanks to the state-sanctioned hunt. The longest snake that was caught measured 15 feet and once the scientists analyze the stomach contents of the snakes, many will turn into wallets, shoes belts and handbags.
The open hunt for these invasive snakes went from January 16 to February 14 and it beckoned over 1,000 people. These folks registering to remove the Burmese pythons came from 29 states, reports MSN News on February 27. The pythons are killed and necropsies are performed, but the hunters get the skins once the scientists are through with their tests.
Scientists have found large animals in the stomach contents of the pythons which include a fawn, wood stork and large wading birds. The snakes were brought to the University of Florida for these tests and Frank Mazzotti from the university said the stomach content of the snakes are still in the process of being analyzed.
Fox News reports today that the month-long hunt for the Burmese pythons not only help to weed out the numbers of the snakes, but more importantly it brings awareness to the state’s environmental concerns. Bill Booth of Sarasota, Florida, and his team took home the trophy for the most Burmese pythons caught. They netted 33 of those snakes!
So where do these hunters sell the python skins? Brian Wood of All American Gator Products in Hollywood buys the skins from the snake hunters who are looking to make a sale. He pays up to $150 a piece for the skins, which is about what he pays for Burmese python skins shipped-in from Asia.