Florida hunters are putting the squeeze on Burmese pythons. Florida wildlife officials are allowing hunters with permits to comb The Everglades in a search and destroy mission to eradicate the non-native reptiles. A small group of snake experts fanned out in search of some of the 150,000 or so burmese pythons running loose in Florida on Friday, the first day hunts were allowed. Hunters will have to photograph any python captured, as well as take measurements and examine the stomach contents. The program is supposed to run for the next three and a half months, but could be extended if successful. Officials have said that the emergence of the snakes have threatened native species, and just weeks ago a toddler was killed in central Florida when a pet python strangled her.