Photo/video shoot of captive Burmese pythons; Everglades National Park; March 31, 2015.

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 Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission works with partners to manage Burmese pythons in a variety of ways. However, they encourage the public to get involved, too!

Introducing the Python Bowl 2020. The intent of the 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. The Python Challenge™ is designed to spread knowledge about Burmese pythons in Florida, encourage the continued removal of these snakes by the public, and highlight the importance of responsible pet ownership so nonnative species such as Burmese pythons are not released into the wild.

The Python Challenge™ is a 10-day competition challenging participant to remove as many Burmese pythons as possible. It includes two free public events in south Florida. There will also be increased educational and training opportunities with the Python Challenge™.

The Python Challenge™ kick-off event will be held Jan. 10, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at Markham Park in Broward County. See the Events Page for more information.

All participants must register to take part in the python removal competition. Participants will receive an email notification that confirms their registration was completed successfully. Participants must have a copy of this notice whether printed or electronic in their possession when removing pythons for the competition.

The registration fee is $25.00 per person paid to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. People can register at any time during the competition. See the official rules for more information.

Registered participants do not need a Florida hunting license or a Wildlife Management Area permit unless they are participating in Big Cypress WMA, where they need a hunting license.

To compete in the Python Challenge™, people who are not Florida residents are required to complete the same required online training and registration as Florida residents.

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