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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. --  While most of us would say we dislike snakes, we seem to be fascinated by pictures and videos of them online.

“I'm not really sure what causes the fascination for large snakes, except that it's a large snake," explained Kristen Penny Sommers with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). "It doesn't belong here, it's one of those things that it seems out of place."

When it comes to our fascination with snakes on social media, it seems the bigger the snake, the bigger the interest.

"They are definitely very, very popular on social media probably because a lot of people might be afraid of snakes," says Jenny Novak a Wildlife Biologist with FWC. "They do grow to a very large size, which does make them very interesting."

Whatever the reason large snakes, specifically the invasive Burmese python, have slithered their way into our feeds. Most of us even have a favorite viral snake photo; an unforgettable giant snake image.

"The larger pythons," recalled Sommers. "The ones where you see one laid out next to a truck and you can see the girth, the size."

If you're tired of snakes getting all the attention, now there's a way you too can have a moment in the spotlight and a chance to go viral. A shot of you and the snake or snakes you capture during the 2016 Python Challenge could be the next big thing.

"I think definitely the team and individuals that win our grand prize and first prizes are certainly going to find themselves in the spotlight of the media for a short time," says Novak. "Especially if they catch a lot of pythons or a very large python. We never know what might happen."

Starting October 1, you can register for the 2016 Python Challenge at PythonChallenge.org. Participants compete to see if they can harvest the longest or the most Burmese pythons for a grand prize of $5,000 in the team category and $3,500 in the individual category.

Winners will also of course have a moment in the spotlight.

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