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Snake Catchers From India Enlisted to Hunt Pythons in Florida

The tribesmen have removed 13 pythons in just over a week, including a 16-foot-long female

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    Group photo with Irula tribesmen: Photo by Ed Metzger, University of Florida

    Florida wildlife officials have recruited tribesmen from India in the state's ongoing hunt for Burmese pythons.

    Irula tribesmen are well-known in southern India for their snake-catching. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hopes they'll reveal something that has long eluded researchers: a reliable way to track and spot the tan, splotchy snakes that all but disappear in the Everglades.

    David Zalubowski, AP

    One of the commission's exotic species experts, Kristen Sommers, said in a statement Monday that the state hopes the tribesmen can teach people in Florida some of their skills.

    The tribesmen have removed 13 pythons in just over a week, including four from the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Key Largo. One of the snakes was a female measuring 16 feet long.

    Last year, a state-sanctioned hunt netted 106 pythons in one month.