MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The python challenge is in its final hours across the Florida Everglades for more than 1,500 people registered to hunt the huge snakes.

Python hunters have until midnight Sunday to catch and kill pythons. The dead pythons must be turned in by 5 p.m. Monday to qualify for the cash prizes offered as a part of the challenge.

The snakes must be examined by researchers from the University of Florida and after that, hunters will get to keep the skins.

The python hunt began on January 12, but as of last Friday, only 50 pythons have been killed as part of the hunt.

The hunt’s final tally will be announced February 16 at Zoo Miami. Prizes for the python challenge will be announced at the time as well.

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