80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt

Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez captures a Burmese Python during the ceremony for the Florida Python Challenge 2020 Python Bowl Credit: Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

Eighty Burmese pythons have been caught during Miami’s 10-day Super Bowl hunt, designed to raise awareness about the invasive species decimating the Everglades.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the top catchers on Saturday night.

Pro grand prize winner Mike Kimmel captured eight pythons, while rookie grand prize winner Kristian Hernandez removed six.


Estimated number of Burmese pythons in the Everglades

Another pro grand prize winner, Tom Rahill, won 2,000 US dollars for bagging a 62-pound python.

Several other cash prizes were also awarded.

The game’s organising committee worked with Florida to promote the Python Bowl.

The pythons, which can grow to 20 feet long, are descended from pets released starting five decades ago.

Wildlife officials estimate the population may exceed 100,000.

The big serpents have been devouring native mammal and bird populations.