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Python Patrol is a training program that teaches individuals to identify Burmese pythons, safely and humanely capture these invasive snakes, and properly report the data to FWC.

Python patrol workshops are free and are offered in south and southwest Florida. Unless otherwise noted, all participants must take the free online REDDy (Introduced Reptile Early Detection & Documentation) training.

Two types of free python patrol workshops are offered: 

  • Responder workshop
    Responder workshops include information on Burmese pythons in Florida, rules and regulations, permit application, python detection, species identification, data reporting and safe capture techniques. Participants also receive hands-on experience catching wild Burmese pythons. Responder workshops are limited to 15 people and are 3 hours long. This training is for people who work or recreate outdoors, are likely to encounter pythons, and are interested in learning how to safely and humanely capture them. People who take the responder workshop can volunteer to help look for pythons that FWC receives calls about.
  • Detector workshop
    Detector workshops include information on Burmese pythons in Florida, rules and regulations, python detection, species identification and data reporting. There is no hands-on component. Detector trainings do not have a limit on the number of participants and can be modified to be 20 minutes long to 1.5 hours long. This training is for people who do not wish to capture snakes, but who want to learn about pythons, how to identify them and what information to collect and report if they should see one.

If you are interested in attending a Python Patrol workshop, please see the list of scheduled dates below. Some workshops include both a responder and detector training in the same workshop; participants may sign up for only one type of training per workshop.  Informal detector trainings are sometimes offered at festivals and other special events.

FWC will consider requests for workshops from interested groups of 8 or more people.  Contact the Python Patrol program coordinator for more information.


Upcoming Python Patrol Workshops

All events listed below are open to the public but participants may need to register online or RSVP to attend. Unless noted, all events are free of charge.

 
March 28, 2014

Responder training, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
FL Dept. of Transportation Materials Office, 14200 W SR 84, Davie, FL 33325
Register online for 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Register online for 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

 
April 4, 2014

Responder training, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Picayune Strand State Forest Field Office, 2121 52nd Ave. SE, Naples, FL 34117

Register online

 
April 8, 2014

Informal detector training, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (no REDDy certificate required)
Spring Break for Science! Lecture Series
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 US Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

Lecture series web site (no registration required)

 
April 11, 2014

Responder training, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FWC Law Enforcement Field Office, 401 Shell Island Rd., Naples, FL 34113

Register online

 
April 22, 2014

Responder training, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33498

Register online


April 26, 2014

Informal detector training, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (no REDDy certificate required)
Earth Day at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33498

Daggerwing Nature Center (no registration required)

 


For more information, contact:
Python Patrol program coordinator
305-224-4282 (office)
850-528-2433 (cell) 



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