Python Pickup Program FAQs

What is the FWC Python Pickup?

The FWC’s Python Pickup Program is a new incentive program that is designed to encourage the public to remove and report Burmese pythons to the FWC. The first time a participant submits proof of a python they have removed, they will receive a t-shirt. For each proof of python submitted, participants will gain one entry into the current monthly prize drawing and a grand prize drawing.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate in the FWC’s Python Pickup Program! However we recommend children under 18 be supervised by an adult. Anyone that would like some basic instructions on safely capturing pythons can view our training video, “Safe Capture of Burmese Pythons” or take a no-cost Python Patrol training. Please note FWC Python Removal Contractors are not eligible for incentives through the Python Pickup Program while working under a contract with the FWC.

Where can I remove pythons?

You can submit pythons as part of the Python Pickup Program that have been removed from any property in Florida where you have authorization to do so from the land manager or land managing agency. This includes private lands, the Commission-managed lands listed below, and other public lands. On private lands, pythons can be humanely euthanized at any time with landowner permission - no permit required- and the FWC encourages people to remove pythons from private lands whenever possible. The FWC allows pythons to be removed from 22 Commission-managed lands (listed below) without a permit except on those portions of the areas posted as “Closed to Public Access.” People may seek authorization to remove pythons from other public lands on their own.

How do I show proof of python?

It’s easy to show proof of python with photographs! Simply take one or more photos of your python showing:

  • The python has been humanely euthanized and can be identified to species
  • A GPS unit that clearly shows the date and location of capture 

How do I submit my proof of python photos?

To submit proof of python photos, simply send them by email to Pythons@MyFWC.com. Be sure to list “Python Pickup” in the subject line and include your name, phone number, mailing address, date of capture and GPS location of capture in the body of your email (include your t-shirt size with your first submission).

How can I win prizes for removing pythons?

The first time you submit proof of a python, you will receive a t-shirt after your submission has been accepted. Other prizes will be determined by raffle drawings. Each time your proof of python is accepted, you will gain one entry into the current monthly prize drawing and the grand prize drawing. Prize drawings will be held on the last Friday of the month beginning in May 2017. The grand prize drawing will be held in March 2018.

Can I win more than one prize?

Yes! There is no limit to how many prizes a person may win. The more proof of pythons submitted, the greater the chances of winning!

 



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