The FWC works with several agencies and organizations to manage Burmese pythons that are established in and around the Everglades. We coordinate our management activities and objectives with other field offices and agencies, the tribes, universities and other researchers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) so that our efforts and projects compliment those of our partners.
FWC staff continually survey and monitor pythons in south Florida. We track sightings and respond rapidly to potential new populations of all exotic constrictors.
As part of the FWC’s program to reduce the population of Burmese pythons in south Florida, FWC permits snake experts to remove these nonnative constrictors from Wildlife Management Areas and several properties managed by the South Florida Water Management District. These volunteers not only remove Burmese pythons but also provide valuable data to FWC on the locations and sizes of the snakes. This will help us contain the population from spreading north from the Everglades.
FWC also allows licensed hunters to kill Burmese pythons they encounter in several south Florida Wildlife Management Areas.
To prevent future invasions, FWC sponsors Exotic Pet Amnesty events where pet owners can surrender pythons and other nonnative animals, no questions asked, rather than release them in Florida’s woods and waters.
People can report Burmese python sightings to the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline, toll free, at 888-IVE-GOT1. Callers reporting a live snake will be routed to the Hotline Operator or to an FWC Dispatcher.
Although it may be impossible to eradicate Burmese pythons from south Florida, we have learned a lot about their habits, and we are optimistic that we will be able to contain this population and reduce its impacts on our native wildlife.