Burmese pythons in Florida

Burmese Pythong Profile With Tongue Out

The Burmese python is a large nonvenomous constrictor that is an invasive species in Florida. Burmese pythons are found primarily in and around the Everglades ecosystem in south Florida where the snake represents a threat to native wildlife. The FWC works with partners to manage Burmese pythons in a variety of ways. However, we encourage the public to get involved, too!

You can help protect Florida’s environment by helping the FWC with python management!

The FWC is working to make it easier for people to get involved. Several FWC programs allow public participation in Burmese python removal and management efforts.


Removing Pythons in Florida

Pythons can be humanely euthanized on private lands at any time with landowner permission - no permit required- and the FWC encourages people to remove pythons from private lands whenever possible. Pythons may also be taken at any time throughout the year from 22 Wildlife Management Areas, Public Small Game Hunting Areas and Wildlife and Environmental Areas where pythons are known to exist. There is no bag limit and pythons may be taken by any means other than traps or firearms (unless provided for by specific area regulations). Do not enter areas posted as “Closed to Public Access.”


FWC Python Pickup Program

Win prizes for removing pythons! Remove pythons from private and participating public properties in Florida, and for each python submission you’ll have a chance to win valuable prizes! Anyone can participate!


Python Patrol Program

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.


Report a Burmese Python

You can help control pythons just by reporting sightings to the FWC. If you see a python or other nonnative animal in Florida, take a photo and note the location. There are several ways you can submit your report, and that information helps us make more informed management decisions.



Do you have expertise in removing pythons? Or are required to transport pythons as part of your job? If so, the following opportunities may be for you!


Python Contractor Program

FWC Python Removal Contractors are paid to remove pythons. Note: Application period is currently closed.


Python Removal Permit

People who want to remove and transport live pythons from three Wildlife Management Areas or who transport pythons as part of their job duties can get a no-cost Python Removal Permit. Applicants must have a digital camera and GPS unit and have some experience working with large constrictors. 


Learn more about pythons in Florida

Burmese Python Species Profile

FAQs: Burmese Pythons in Florida

Burmese Python Poster Adobe PDF

Rules and Regulations


Identification of Burmese Pythons

Burmese Python Brochure Adobe PDF

Python ChallengeTM 2016 External Website

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