223 Burmese pythons removed from Everglades during July contest

Winner of $10,000 prize removed 41 pythons

Two hundred and twenty-three Burmese pythons were removed from the Everglades during a contest in July, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (FWC)

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Python Challenge saw 223 Burmese pythons removed from the Everglades in July, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The 10-day competition had more than 600 people register to take part in the event., according to the FWC.

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Multiple python nests were also removed during the competition.

The contest had multiple prizes for both novice and professional competitors. The prize for longest python is $1,500 and the prize for most pythons removed is $2,500, according to the python challenge website.

Charlie Dachton was the winner of the $10,000 ultimate prize after removing 41 pythons. The FWC said two contestants each caught a 15-foot python.

The Burmese python is an invasive species in Florida and is a threat to native wildlife in the Everglades, according to the FWC.