FLORIDA -- A family got quite a shock when an uninvited guest slithered into a picnic area in Florida. They were visiting from Arkansas and captured this snake on camera. This 17-foot Burmese python was killed by a park ranger.
In January, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a 2013 Python Challenge.
They hope this will help control the expanding population.
A grand prize of 15-hundred dollars will go to the person who kills the most pythons and a thousand dollars will go to the person who kills the longest python.
Researchers say pythons have devastated rabbit, fox, opossum and bobcat populations.