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Python Patrol is a no-cost training program that aims to create a network of individuals throughout south Florida who know how to identify Burmese pythons, and report sightings, as well as search for, safely capture and humanely kill these invasive constrictors.

These trainings are open and available to the public. No prior snake handling experience is required.

Select a tab below to learn more about the different formats offered for training.

Python Patrol Training Options

Attend a virtual PowerPoint presentation with an FWC biologist who will demonstrate specific search and capture techniques, with a real-time Q & A for the audience.

Offered every third Thursday of each month from 7-8 pm EST. Registration with Eventbrite is recommended, select a date from the list below or click the Registration button to view all dates.

Training covers:

  • Information on Burmese pythons in Florida
  • Species identification
  • How to search for pythons
  • Safe capture techniques
  • How to humanely kill a python
  • Reporting pythons to the FWC
  • Live instruction on techniques from a biologist
  • Real-time audience Q & A

Schedule of Virtual Python Patrols:

December 15, 2022, 7-8 p.m. EST

January 19, 2023, 7-8 p.m. EST

February 16, 2023, 7-8 p.m. EST

**NOTE** We recommend joining this training from a laptop or desktop. There is no need to download the Microsoft Teams app. If joining from a mobile device like a phone or tablet, you may need to download the free Microsoft Teams app to view the training.

Available now: A self-guided version of the training using videos and a PDF of the Python Patrol presentation.

Searching for Pythons video

Safe Capture of Pythons video

Python Patrol Presentation

Training covers:

  • Information on Burmese pythons in Florida
  • Species identification
  • How to search for pythons
  • Safe capture techniques
  • How to humanely kill a python
  • Reporting pythons to the FWC

NOTE: In-person training opportunities are currently scheduled only as needed for groups of natural resource professionals, utility workers and law enforcement. The public may access the Virtual Thursday option.  

Groups of 12-25 participants that meet the requirement above may request an in-person training presentation, which includes hands-on safe capture opportunities. These training are offered upon request throughout south and southwest Florida. 

The trainings are limited to 25 participants and last between two and three hours. Live pythons will be used to provide participants experience in handling pythons and participants will receive the opportunity to practice safe capture techniques. 

Training covers:

  • Information on Burmese pythons in Florida
  • Species identification
  • How to search for pythons
  • Safe capture techniques
  • How to humanely kill a python
  • Reporting pythons to the FWC
  • Live instruction on capture techniques from a biologist
  • Hands-on practice with safe capture of live pythons

Please email Jan Fore (Jan.Fore@MyFWC.com) to schedule a training.  

Please note:

  • Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required for participants to handle live pythons.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to participate.
  • Anyone under the age of 12 may not participate.
  • All trainings are free of charge, although there may be parking or access fees at certain locations. 
  • The FWC will consider requests for trainings from interested groups of 12 or more people. 

Learn more about the FWC recommended guidelines for Humane Killing Methods for Nonnative Reptiles.

face of a Burmese python

Register for Virtual Thursdays with Eventbrite

Virtual Python Patrol is offered on the third Thursday of every month in 2022.  The next available class is December 15, 2022.

Want to register for a different date? Registration is open for all posted trainings. Check the list of dates above in the tab labeled Virtual Thursdays.

**NOTE** We recommend joining this training from a tablet, laptop or desktop. There is no need to download the Microsoft Teams app. If joining from a mobile device, you may need to download the free Microsoft Teams app to view the training.

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Want to be notified about new trainings? Follow FWC on Twitter. All Python Patrol trainings are announced through our social media platforms. If you are not on Twitter, you can find updated workshop listings on the website as they are added.

Want to know more about required and optional trainings offered for the Florida Python Challenge®? Email PythonChallenge@MyFWC.com