Happy python hunting in Florida

A Burmese python is displayed during a news conference in the Florida Everglades, where the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission announced a special season for hunters to capture and remove reptiles of concern from state-managed lands around the Everglades Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

March 9, 2010 9:41:15 AM PST
It's now python season in South Florida. Anyone with a state hunting license and a $26 permit can go after the big snakes on public land in the Everglades. Officials want hunters to get as many of the pythons as they can. The special hunting season lasts until mid April. State wildlife experts are even holding workshops for inexperienced snake hunters.

Pythons aren't native to the area. Most are either escaped pets, or were released intentionally. Officials worry the snakes are upsetting the natural balance of the region.