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).
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.
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®.
Win a prize 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 a valuable prize! Anyone can participate!
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.