Python Pickup Program
You can win a prize for removing pythons in Florida!
The FWC’s Python Pickup Program is an incentive program designed to encourage the public to humanely kill Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem and report locations to the FWC. People who submit proof of python with location of removal will be entered into a grand prize drawing that will take place in October 2020.
Where can pythons be removed?
You can submit pythons to the Python Pickup Program that have been killed from any property in Florida where you have authorization to do so from the land manager or land managing agency.
Pythons can be killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission - no permit required - and the FWC encourages people to kill pythons on private lands whenever possible. Pythons must be humanely killed at the time and site of capture and may not be transported alive off of the private property without a permit from FWC.
The FWC allows pythons and other nonnative reptiles to be humanely killed without a permit from 22 Commission-managed lands (listed below) except on those portions of the areas posted as “Closed to Public Access.” Pythons and other nonnative reptiles may be killed without a permit or hunting license at any time throughout the year, except by use of traps or firearms (unless provided for by specific area regulations) on the following Commission-managed Wildlife Management Areas, Public Small Game Hunting Areas (SGAs) and Wildlife and Environmental Areas. All other area-specific regulations apply. Do not enter areas posted as “Closed to Public Access."
- Allapattah Flats WMA
- Allapattah Flats SGA
- C-23/24 Reservoir SGA
- CREW WEA
- Dinner Island Ranch WMA
- Dupuis Dove Field SGA
- Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA
- Fisheating Creek
- Frog Pond North SGA
- Holey Land WMA
- J. W. Corbett WMA
Authorization from the land managing agency is required to remove pythons from other public lands, including federal and other state properties. PLEASE NOTE: the FWC Python Pickup Program does not authorize access to lands outside of the Commission-managed areas listed above. People may seek authorization to remove pythons from other public lands on their own.
- Big Cypress National Preserve: Burmese pythons may be humanely killed in Big Cypress National Preserve during any established hunting season. A hunting license and Wildlife Management Area permit are required and rules for each hunting season must be followed (for example, use of bow and arrow only during archery season).
- Everglades National Park: The FWC Python Pickup Program does not authorize the removal of pythons from Everglades National Park. Please do not remove pythons from Park property unless you have authorization from the National Park Service.
What methods of removal can be used?
Pythons may be captured by any legal and humane means, but you must comply with state and local regulations. The use of poisons, remote controlled firearms, gasoline or other chemical or gaseous substances to drive wildlife including pythons from burrows or retreats is prohibited on any property (68A-4.001, Florida Administrative Code).
Is training available?
Pythons may be hand-captured before they are killed. Need some basic instructions on safely and humanely capturing pythons? The FWC offers a no-cost online training course that is available on the FWC’s eLearning site that anyone can take (first time users will need to create a free account first). An educational video on capturing pythons safely is also available for viewing online. Additionally, the FWC hosts about 8-12 Python Patrol trainings across south and southwest Florida. These hands-on training classes, which last 2-3 hours, teach participants safe capture using live pythons. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
How do I submit proof of python so I can be eligible for prizes?
It's easy to submit proof that you have removed and killed a python. Simply send an email to Pythons@MyFWC.com. Type "Python Pickup" in the subject line and include the following in your email:
- A photo* that shows the snake has been killed and can be identified as a Burmese python
- The date the python was captured and killed
- The location where the python was captured (GPS coordinates are preferred)
- Your name, phone number, home or mailing address, and (for first submission only) your t-shirt size
*By submitting photos to the Python Pickup Program, participants grant permission to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to use such photos for training, informational and promotional purposes.
How do I win a prize?
You will receive a t-shirt after your first proof of python submission has been accepted. T-shirts will be mailed to the address included in the proof of python submission. And for each proof of python submitted, you will gain one entry into the grand prize drawing which will take place in October 2020. There are no limits to how many times you may enter the raffle drawings. Participants that submit false data will not be eligible to win any prizes.