Python Patrol is a training program that teaches individuals to identify Burmese pythons, safely and humanely capture these invasive snakes, and properly report the data to FWC.
Python patrol workshops are free and are offered in south and southwest Florida. Unless otherwise noted, all participants must take the free online REDDy (Introduced Reptile Early Detection & Documentation) training.
Two types of free python patrol workshops are offered:
- Responder workshop
Responder workshops include information on Burmese pythons in Florida, rules and regulations, permit application, python detection, species identification, data reporting and safe capture techniques. Participants also receive hands-on experience catching wild Burmese pythons. Responder workshops are limited to 15 people and are 3 hours long. This training is for people who work or recreate outdoors, are likely to encounter pythons, and are interested in learning how to safely and humanely capture them. People who take the responder workshop can volunteer to help look for pythons that FWC receives calls about.
- Detector workshop
Detector workshops include information on Burmese pythons in Florida, rules and regulations, python detection, species identification and data reporting. There is no hands-on component. Detector trainings do not have a limit on the number of participants and can be modified to be 20 minutes long to 1.5 hours long. This training is for people who do not wish to capture snakes, but who want to learn about pythons, how to identify them and what information to collect and report if they should see one.
If you are interested in attending a Python Patrol workshop, please see the list of scheduled dates below. Some workshops include both a responder and detector training in the same workshop; participants may sign up for only one type of training per workshop. Informal detector trainings are sometimes offered at festivals and other special events.
FWC will consider requests for workshops from interested groups of 8 or more people. Contact the Python Patrol program coordinator for more information.
Upcoming Python Patrol Workshops
All events listed below are open to the public but participants may need to register online or RSVP to attend. Unless noted, all events are free of charge.
February 21, 2014
Responder/detector training, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
FL Dept. of Transportation, 14653 SW 122 Ave., Miami, FL 33186
Register online for 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Register online for 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
March 7, 2014
Detector training, 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm (no REDDy training required)
East Central/Central Florida CISMAs Invasive Species Workshop
Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona, FL
RSVP to Sherry Williams, workshop coordinator, to attend
For more information, contact:
Python Patrol program coordinator