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Florida hunters capture 106 Burmese pythons, 1 as long as 15 feet

Jeffrey Fobb, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), shows how to capture a live Burmese python during the Invasive Species Awareness Festival, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Miami. .
Jeffrey Fobb, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), shows how to capture a live Burmese python during the Invasive Species Awareness Festival, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Miami. . AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

DAVIE, Fla. – Florida wildlife officials say 106 Burmese pythons were caught during a state-sanctioned hunt for the invasive snakes.

The longest was 15 feet (4.5 metres).

Over 1,000 people from 29 states registered to remove pythons from South Florida’s wetlands from Jan. 16 through Feb. 14.

READ MORE: Experts team up to figure out how to battle invasive species in B.C.

Frank Mazzotti of the University of Florida says the stomach contents of the captured pythons are still being analyzed, but so far the prey has included a fawn and a wood stork and other large wading birds.

Once the necropsies are finished, about a third of the pythons will be made into wallets, shoes, belts or handbags. Brian Wood of All American Gator Products in Hollywood pays up to $150 apiece for the snakes – about the same price he pays for python skins imported from Asia.

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