Florida hunters had a great python-hunting season this year, clocking in 106 snake at the end of this year's month-long Burmese Python hunt, the Associated Press reported. Ones of the snakes caught measured 15 feet long.
The aim of the hunt is to get rid of these Burmese Pythons, as they don't belong in Florida's wetlands. These snakes normally call Southeast Asia home, but they have recently taken up residence in the Evergaldes.
The hunt raises awareness and brings attention to the wildlife concerns of Florida and its residents, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
More than 1,000 people joined the challenge this year, and hunters came from 29 states across the country, the Daily Mail reported. The hunt lasted from Jan. 16 to Feb. 14.
The stomach contents of these snakes will be analyzed before they reach their final destination. One-third of the snakes will be made into wallets, handbags, shoes and belts. Hunters can expect to get $150 for each snake captured.
"We are excited to see so many people contribute to this important effort to conserve Florida's natural treasure, the Everglades ecosystem. We need to keep this momentum going now that the competition is over," Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Ron Bergeron said.