More than a thousand people from more than thirty states have registered to compete in the month–long "Python Challenge."
It's a hunt for the Burmese python ... An invasive species in the Florida everglades.
Officials hope the large number of hunters will help researchers gather more information about the snakes.
Researchers say the snakes menace native wildlife in the delicate ecosystem.
Florida law prohibits possession or sale of Burmese pythons as pets.