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Removing Pythons in Florida

Burmese python observations can be reported to FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (483-4681). Pythons must be humanely killed onsite at the time of capture. Live transport of pythons is not allowed. 

Hunting on Private Land: Nonnative reptiles like Burmese pythons can be humanely killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission - no permit required- and the FWC encourages people to capture and humanely kill pythons from private lands whenever possible. There is no bag limit.

Hunting on Commission-managed lands: Per Executive Order 23-16, nonnative reptiles including pythons may also be humanely killed at any time throughout the year on 32 Commission-managed lands listed below. All specific provisions in Executive Order 23-16 and all area rules and  must be followed. No permit or hunting license is required. There is no bag limit.

The FWC does not offer compensation for pythons except to contracted members of the PATRIC Program and winners during the Florida Python Challenge®

Map of 32 public lands to hunt pythons year-round

View the interactive map featuring 32 Commission-managed lands where you can hunt nonnative reptile like pythons year-round. No license or permit is required in these locations. All specific area regulations must be followed.

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