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Burmese Pythons in Florida

Python Burmese

The Burmese python is a large nonvenomous constrictor that is an invasive species in Florida. Burmese pythons are found primarily in and around the Everglades ecosystem in south Florida where the snake represents a threat to native wildlife. The FWC works with partners to manage Burmese pythons in a variety of ways. However, we encourage the public to get involved, too!

Removing Pythons in Florida

Pythons can be humanely killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission - no permit required- and the FWC encourages people to remove and kill pythons from private lands whenever possible. Pythons may also be killed at any time throughout the year from 22 Wildlife Management Areas, Public Small Game Hunting Areas and Wildlife and Environmental Areas where pythons are known to exist. There is no bag limit and pythons may be humanely killed by any means other than traps or firearms (unless provided for by specific area regulations).

Learn more about removing pythons in Florida

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Python Removal Opportunities for the Public

The FWC is working to make it easier for people to get involved by offering several programs that allow public participation in Burmese python removal and management efforts.

Win prizes for removing pythons! Remove and humanely kill pythons from private and participating public properties in Florida, and for each python submission you’ll have a chance to win valuable prizes! Anyone can participate!

Learn more about the Python Pickup Program

New to python removal? We offer no-cost trainings throughout south Florida where participants learn about pythons and practice safe capture techniques by working with live pythons.

Learn more about the Python Patrol Program

Do you have expertise in removing pythons? If so, you may qualify to work as an FWC Python Removal Contractor. Python Removal Contractors are paid to remove and turn pythons in to the FWC. Applicants must meet certain requirements. Note: Application period is currently closed.

Learn more about the Python Removal Contractor Program