'Think like a snake,' recommends one of Florida's top python hunters

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Jeff Fobb handles a 13 foot, 85 pound Burmese python during a...

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Jeff Fobb handles a 13 foot, 85 pound Burmese python during a demonstration at the 2013 Python Challenge at the kickoff event in Davie, Florida on January 12, 2013. Approximately 750 members of the public and twenty eight permit holders compete for prizes in hunting the non-native Burmese python in the month long event. (REUTERS/Robert Sullivan)

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After being out with the boys near Miami, Florida, George Brana's wife is used to him coming home smelling of the wildlife.

The stench is a "sign of successss", he tells her.

But it’s all really just python pee, she knows.

"When you're fighting them, they urinate all over you," Brana explains of wrestling Burmese pythons around the Florida Everglades.

"Some people wear cologne. This is the smell of our success."

Southern Florida is largely home to slow-driving retirees and over-tanned celebrities.

But it's the encroachment of pythons -- an invasive species that's consuming everything from alligators to opossums -- that concerns wildlife officials.

Hidden in underbrush on cool nights or along warm canals during the day, one estimate has 100,000 Burmese pythons living the American dream.

So state officials organized Florida's 'Python Challenge 2013', a one-month competition, ongoing now, to see who brings in the biggest or greatest numbe


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