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Python Patrol is a no-cost training program that aims to create a network of trained individuals throughout south Florida who know how to identify Burmese pythons, report sightings, and in some cases, capture and humanely kill the snakes. Python Patrol training is offered throughout south and southwest Florida.

The trainings are limited to 25 participants and last between two and three hours

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COVID-19 Update

Following the direction and recommendations of Governor DeSantis and the Department of Management Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health the Python Patrol Program has been cancelled  until further notice out of an abundance of caution in regards to the global (COVID-19) Coronavirus pandemic. A new date to resume Python Patrol has yet to be determined. We will continue to monitor the latest information from local, state and federal health officials and proceed accordingly. Thank you all for your coordination and cooperation as we try to slow the spread of this virus. Until the in-person Python Patrol Program is able to resume, please watch the Python Safe Capture Video for more information on how to search for, safe capture and humanely kill pythons.

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Training includes:

  • Information on Burmese pythons in Florida.
  • Safe capture techniques.
  • Rules, regulations and permits.
  • How to find pythons. 
  • Species identification.
  • Data reporting.
  • Hands-on experience catching wild caught pythons.

Upcoming Python Patrol Trainings

These trainings are open and available to the public. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to register early. No prior snake handling experience is required.

Please note:

  • All participants must register prior to the event using Eventbrite.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present in order to participate.
  • All trainings are free of charge, although there may be parking or access fees at certain locations. Any required fees will be detailed on the registration page for each training.
  • The FWC will consider requests for trainings from interested groups of 12 or more people.

Want to be notified about new trainings? Follow FWC on Twitter. All Python Patrol trainings are announced through our social media platforms.