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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. Two types of trainings, Python Patrol and Reptile Identification, are offered throughout south and southwest Florida.

  • Includes information on Burmese pythons in Florida, rules and regulations, permits, python detection, species identification and data reporting.
  • Also includes safe capture techniques and participants receive hands-on experience catching wild caught Burmese pythons.
  • Limited to 20-25 people and program duration is 2-3 hours.
  • Includes information on Burmese pythons in Florida, rules and regulations, python detection, species identification and data reporting.
  • No hands-on component.
  • No limit on the number of participants and program duration is 1.5 - 2 hours.

All participants are encouraged to take the free online Nonnative Reptile Removal (NRR) training, which is available online at our eLearning site

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.

To register for an upcoming Python Patrol Training, please click on the time that you would like to attend and sign up using Eventbrite. 

Date Location Session One Session Two
11/06/2019

Lover’s Key State Park,

Ft. Myers Beach

9:30 a.m. 

Training Full

1:30 p.m. 

11/08/2019

Bill Sadowski Park, 

Palmetto Bay

9:00 a.m. 

1:30 p.m.

11/09/2019

Hobe Sound Nature Center,

Hobe Sound 

9:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

11/12/2019

Castellow Hammock Preserve & Nature Center,

Miami

9:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

11/12/2019

Lover’s Key State Park,

Fort Myers Beach

9:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. 

11/15/2019

Lover’s Key State Park,

Ft. Myers Beach

9:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

11/18/2019

Charlotte County Extension Office,

Port Charlotte

9:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

11/20/2019

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge,

Immokalee

9:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

11/21/2019

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge,

Boynton Beach

9:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

11/25/2019

University of Florida Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center,

Davie

9:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

12/02/2019

FWC Southwest Regional Office,

Lakeland

9:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

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.