Photo Credit: Edward Mercer
Burmese pythons are established in South Florida. The FWC, along with several other state and federal agencies, is trying to control this nonnative snake. You can help FWC and other agencies manage these species by reporting sightings of Burmese pythons. This information helps us assess the distribution and abundance of nonnative species in Florida, detect the arrival of new exotic species, or identify range expansions by exotics that are already here.
Reporting by phone
You can call the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888- 483-4681) and report a Burmese python. The hotline is answered part-time by a live operator and has a voicemail system that will prompt you for information about your sighting and your contact information if the operator is unable to answer the call.
Reporting with a smart phone
The University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health has developed free smart phone apps for both iPhone and Android phones. These are available at the appropriate app store by searching for ivegot1.
You can use the web form at IveGot1.org to report a Burmese python. The form will prompt you for the information and has a map where you can select the location if you do not have the GPS coordinates. You will need to create a free account the first time you report a sighting online.
What information do we need?
We need to know the date and location of the sighting. If you know the GPS coordinates where you saw the snake, that’s great, but we can get the coordinates from a good description of the location. We need to know how many exotic animals that you saw. You can report any other information that you think is valuable including: was the snake dead; did you capture and kill the snake; what the size of the snake was. We would like to get photographs of the snake if you have any. We use the photos as vouchers to verify the identification of the snake and will not use them for any other purpose without your permission.
If you have trouble attaching photos to the IveGot1 online form or smart phone apps, you can send them to ExoticReports@myfwc.com. You should include as much of the above information as you know along with your name so we can match the photos to your report.