Florida to hold real-life Whacking Day

12/7/2012 | Reuters

In "The Simpsons," townsfolk gather each year to whack snakes -- and now the state of Florida is to hold a real-life version of Whacking Day. Starting Jan. 12 and lasting for a month, the state will encourage people to hunt down and kill Burmese pythons, with cash prizes offered for the longest snake carcass and for the most snakes killed overall. "Part of the goal ... is to educate the public to understand why non-native species like Burmese pythons should never be released into the wild," says Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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