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Learn to identify, report and safely capture pythons

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Media contact: Liz Barraco, 850-556-2269; Jenny Novak, 305-224-4282

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering several Python Patrol trainings in south Florida. The trainings are for people interested in learning about Burmese pythons in Florida and how to identify, report and safely capture these snakes.

Burmese pythons are an invasive, nonnative species in Florida that present a threat to native wildlife. Through the Python Patrol Program, the FWC is creating a network of citizen scientists to help stop the spread of this large snake.

“The FWC is committed to stopping the spread of the Burmese python,” said Jenny Novak, who coordinates the FWC’s Python Patrol Program. “We want people to help us by reporting sightings of Burmese pythons; however, we want only people who are properly trained to attempt to capture and remove these large constrictors.”

Upcoming Python Patrol training workshops in south Florida:

Miami-Dade County

  • Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon
    A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center
    3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, FL 33155

Broward County

  • Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon
    Oak Ridge Hall at Tree Tops Park
    3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie, FL 33328
     
  • Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon
    Oak Ridge Hall at Tree Tops Park
    3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie, FL 33328

Palm Beach County

  • Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon
    FWC Regional Office
    8535 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33412
     
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, 1-4 p.m.
    Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
    10216 Lee Rd., Boynton Beach, FL 33473
     
  • Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon
    FWC Regional Office
    8535 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach,FL  33412

To register for training, visit MyFWC.com/Python, click on “Python Patrol” and scroll down to the list of upcoming trainings. More dates will be posted; please continue to check the website.

Python Patrol training workshops are free and open to the public, but participants must register online because space is limited; if fewer than eight people register for a training workshop, it will be rescheduled. In order to take part in the training, all participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Participants are encouraged to take the free, online Reptile Early Detection and Documentation (REDDy) training, which is offered by the University of Florida. The REDDy training can be accessed at http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/reddy.shtml.

To report a sighting of a nonnative species, such as a Burmese python, visit IveGot1.org or call 888-IveGot1 (888-483-4681). For more information about the Python Patrol Program, visit MyFWC.com/Python and click on “Python Patrol.”  



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