Hunting Pythons in Florida


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Hunters may harvest Burmese pythons and other conditional reptiles on four Wildlife Management Areas: Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA, Holey Land WMA, Rotenberger WMA and Big Cypress WMA, and on Rocky Glades Public Small Game Hunting Area.

Hunters must have a valid hunting license and WMA permit, unless qualified as license exempt.  Conditional reptiles may be harvested during any established hunting season on the WMAs listed above, but hunters must follow the rules for each season (i.e., no use of guns during archery season).  Three WMAs (Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA, Holey Land WMA, and Rotenberger WMA) have a special season for conditional reptiles that begins after the last day of small game season and ends on the second Sunday in April.  Regulation brochures for each WMA list season dates, legal methods of take, and include area maps. 

Regulation brochures for areas that include python hunting:

Live pythons may not be removed from WMAs, but hunters may keep and/or sell the skins and meat (note: Burmese pythons from Everglades National Park have been found to have very high levels of mercury and may not be recommended for human consumption). 

The date and location of all harvested conditional reptiles must be reported to FWC within 36 hours by sending that information in an email to  Hunters are encouraged to take and submit photographs of harvested pythons.  


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