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Daniel Varela / Miami Herald

On this Tuesday, March 3, episode of Sundial:

Guatemalan migrant camp in South Miami-Dade

Deep in South Miami-Dade, tucked between nurseries, vegetable fields and fruit crops there are migrant camps of mostly Guatemalan children. 

“They live like a family, a little village, but in horrible conditions,” says Miami Herald immigration reporter Monique O. Madan.

Gerard Albert / WLRN

As the Super Bowl approaches on Feb. 2, a more South Florida sports match ended Saturday, recognizing veteran and amateur python hunters.

A 10-day competition to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in South Florida begins Friday, Jan. 10. 

Officials say a Florida trapper has captured a record-setting python as part of a program to remove the invasive species from the Everglades.

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

The U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, is collecting DNA to track a new snake hybrid in the Everglades.

A man with a python hidden inside an external hard drive was stopped from boarding a Florida plane headed to Barbados.

A federal wildlife refuge north of the Everglades is setting traps for pythons to protect against the voracious invasive snake.

University of Florida researchers have more data showing invasive Burmese pythons decimating populations of native mammals in the Everglades.

Kate Stein / WLRN

Payrolled python hunters. They’re the latest story on the South Florida python beat, and they’re drawing national and international media attention, too.

Florida is making it easier for people to help remove invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades.

Kate Stein / WLRN

 

Donna Kalil has been capturing snakes for nearly 50 years.

"Where I grew up in North Miami -- where Aventura is now -- those were great places to hunt," she says. "Yellow rat snakes, corn snakes, indigos. Every kind of snake you could think of."

So naturally, when she heard about the Python Challenge, Kalil signed up for the chance to capture Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

Pythons are “bigger than any snakes I’ve caught before,” Kalil said. For her and other hunters in the Challenge, that’s appealing.