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Submissions for the FWC Python Pickup Program closed permanently on December 31st, 2021.

The FWC continues to encourage members of the public to report Burmese python observations and humanely kill these invasive constrictors on the following lands:

Private lands: Nonnative reptiles may be humanely killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission - no permit required.

Public lands: Nonnative reptiles may be humanely killed without a permit on 32 Commission-managed lands (per the specific area regulations).

There are still opportunities to win prizes for removing pythons!

The Florida Python Challenge® is a ten-day competition, challenging participants to remove as many Burmese pythons from Florida’s public lands as possible.  The intent of the Florida Python Challenge® is to raise public awareness about Burmese pythons in Florida and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife. 

Learn more about how to register and compete in the Florida Python Challenge®!


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.

Learn more about the Python Patrol Program.