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Burmese Pythons in Florida

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 25 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

Want to know how to identify a Burmese python?

Python Removal Programs

The FWC uses multiple programs for Burmese python removal and management efforts. Some programs allow and encourage public participation; click the tabs below to learn more about each program.

Python Action Team Members are paid to remove and turn pythons in to the FWC. The FWC encourages hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists to consider joining our team and helping remove invasive Burmese pythons in Florida. Note: The application period is OPEN. Applicants must meet certain requirements. The FWC will review applications on a regular basis. The only people the FWC pays for removing pythons are people working as FWC contractors. Learn how you can win prizes for collecting Burmese pythons at our next Florida Python Challenge®.

Learn more about the PATRIC

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

Check out the unique Detector Dog Team and learn how they contribute to Burmese python removal efforts in Florida!  Detector dogs are specially trained by professionals to locate pythons by scent.  You can celebrate their success and discover how they work with their handler while in the field.

Meet the Detector Dog Team

Win prizes for removing pythons!  The Florida Python Challenge® is a ten-day competition, challenging participants to remove as many Burmese pythons from Florida’s public lands as possible.  The intent of the Florida Python Challenge® is to raise public awareness about Burmese pythons in Florida and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife. 

Learn more about how to register and compete in the Florida Python Challenge®!