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Python training class at Big Cypress National Preserve

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A 13-foot long burmese python, which was used to train staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, rests after being put back into a pillow case on Jan. 27, 2012. Attendees learned how to capture the invasive species, and secure them in a pillow case.

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Greg Kahn/Staff A 13-foot long burmese python, which was used to train staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, rests after being put back into a pillow case on Jan. 27, 2012. Attendees learned how to capture the invasive species, and secure them in a pillow case.

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A 13-foot long burmese python is used to train staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida on Jan. 27, 2012. Attendees learned how to capture the invasive species, and secure them in a pillow case.
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Law enforcement Park Ranger Lucas Conrad, left, grabs the area just behind the head of a burmese python during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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Law enforcement Park Ranger Matt Phillipson, right, along with Robin Hayes wrestle with a 13-foot-long python during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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Attendees gather as  Jeff Fobb, captain of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One Unit, center, shows how to tell the sex of a python during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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A 13-foot long burmese python, which was used to train staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, rests after being put back into a pillow case on Jan. 27, 2012. Attendees learned how to capture the invasive species, and secure them in a pillow case.
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Betty Worley grabs the tail of a 13-foot-long python during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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A python strikes at law enforcement Park Rangers during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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Deborah Jansen, wildlife biologist for the National Park Service, holds up a python after capturing it during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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Deborah Jansen, wildlife biologist for the National Park Service, holds up a python after capturing it during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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Officials learn how to deal with finding pythons during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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 Jeff Fobb, captain of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One Unit, talks about how to keep a python away from your body while capturing it during a training class in proper python capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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A small burmese python strikes at Jeff Fobb, captain of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One Unit, during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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Supervising Law enforcement Park Ranger Rob Leonard, left, helps unload bins full of pythons during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012.
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Jeff Fobb, captain of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One Unit, right, talks about finding pythons during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012.
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A 13-foot long burmese python is used to train staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida on Jan. 27, 2012. Attendees learned how to capture the invasive species, and secure them in a pillow case.
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Law enforcement Park Ranger Matt Phillipson, right, is tossed a pillow case while Robin Hayes wrestles to hold a 13-foot-long python during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.
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Betty Worley grabs the tail of a 13-foot-long python during a training class in proper capture techniques for staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve on Jan. 27, 2012. Each attendee had an opportunity to capture and bag a python during the training.

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