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Florida python hunting contest draws hundreds

Researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida examine a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python which was captured in Everglades National Park in this handout picture taken on August 10, 2012 and released on August 14, 2012. A python hunting competition starting January 12, 2013 is drawing hundreds of amateurs armed with clubs, machetes and guns to the Florida Everglades, where captured Burmese pythons have exceeded the length of minivans and weighed as much as grown men. REUTERS/Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida/Handout

Researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida examine a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python which was captured in Everglades National Park in this handout picture taken on August 10, 2012 and released on August 14, 2012. A...more

Researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida examine a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python which was captured in Everglades National Park in this handout picture taken on August 10, 2012 and released on August 14, 2012. A python hunting competition starting January 12, 2013 is drawing hundreds of amateurs armed with clubs, machetes and guns to the Florida Everglades, where captured Burmese pythons have exceeded the length of minivans and weighed as much as grown men. REUTERS/Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida/Handout
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A handout photo released on October 6, 2005 by Everglades National Park shows a dead Burmese python which had swallowed an American alligator. REUTERS/Everglades National Park/Handout

A handout photo released on October 6, 2005 by Everglades National Park shows a dead Burmese python which had swallowed an American alligator. REUTERS/Everglades National Park/Handout

A handout photo released on October 6, 2005 by Everglades National Park shows a dead Burmese python which had swallowed an American alligator. REUTERS/Everglades National Park/Handout
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