Mac and Mac's Pick: Snake hunters

By WEEK Producer

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM CDT

They're crawling through the everglades, looking for prey. We're talking about the snake hunters here.

Now, an update on Florida's efforts to rid itself of pythons. Florida officials say more than a thousand people have signed up to hunt the snakes, and they've come from more than 30 states to compete in the month-long "python challenge", a public hunt for the Burmese Python.

Pythons killed since the competition began Saturday will be processed by the University of Florida. Officials say they hope the large number of hunters will help researchers gather more information about the snakes' habits.

Florida is offering a total of $2,500 in cash for the hunters who bags the most and the longest of the invasive snake species. They've bagged eleven since Saturday.

Since the thousand snake hunters paid $25 to get into the contest, the state is ahead, money-wise.