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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, second from right rear, watches as McKayla Spencer, left, the Interagency Python Management Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission holds up a Burmese python during a capture demonstration, Thursday, June 3, 2021, in the Florida Everglades. DeSantis announced the state's annual python hunting contest on Thursday. It will run from July 9 to 18 and include prizes for both pros and novices. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Professional python hunters and amateurs alike have a chance to win prizes in Florida’s annual hunt for the biggest snakes — the Burmese pythons that are ravaging the state’s native species.

By Associated Press June 10, 2021
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