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Hunters recruited for giant pythons

Nov 13, 2019 - Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

Darda, a newborn Burmese python, is 17 inches long. Nine-year-old Emerald, captured on the same day by python removal agent Tom Rahill, is 17 and a half feet long.Courtesy Tom Rahill/Miami Herald

For years, I didn't understand the scope of Florida's python problem.

That changed the day my family visited Shark Valley in the Everglades National Park.

There, in a marshy swath of land off the Tamiami Trail, we saw gators galore.

What we didn't see were any rabbits. Not a sing...