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Florida Wildlife and Conservation Commission gives approval to snake cull

A Burmese Python and a Florida Gator. The invasive Burm has a stranglehold on the 'glades

The following is the FWC press release. It should be noted that this isn’t just a hunt for snakes, but ALL “reptiles of concern” as defined by Florida’s exotic animal regulations to include:

  • Indian or Burmese python (Python molurus)
  • Reticulated python (Python reticulatus)
  • African rock python (Python sebae)
  • Amethystine or Scrub python (Morelia amethystinus)
  • Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
  • Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus)

FWC begins Burmese python permit program

July 16, 2009

Contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130 or

Gabriella Ferraro, 772-215-9459

A program to begin addressing the invasion of Burmese pythons in the Everglades begins on Friday, July 17. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) initiated a permit program that will allow herpetology experts to go into state-managed lands in South Florida and search for and euthanize Burmese pythons and other Reptiles of Concern.

FWC staff screened the participants in this initial program. All permit holders are required to provide the FWC with GPS locations of each captured python and to take a digital photo. The FWC will then study the data, which will include location, size and stomach contents, to help further understand the spread of this nonnative species. Armed with data, the FWC can share valuable information with the U.S. Geological Survey and Everglades National Park, which are investigating the behavior and biology of the Burmese python for a better understanding of the snake’s requirements for survival. This knowledge can help eradicate the Burmese python from Florida.

“One Burmese python is too many,” said Scott Hardin, FWC’s Exotic Species Section leader. “We hope this program is the basis for a larger, expanded program that will aid us in preventing the spread of this species.”

The permits for the first phase of this program go from July 17 to Oct. 31. The FWC will then evaluate expanding the program.

“This is a good way to collect information critical to finding the best way to eradicate this harmful snake,” said Nick Wiley, FWC’s assistant executive director. “This is a strategic and responsible approach to begin solving the problem of pythons in Florida.”

  • HollyBolly

    Interesting article. Snake owners should be more aware than ever to research the snake they choose. Disposing of a snake or any reptile by allowing them free into communities is hazardous and dangerous. Not to mention proving a bad reputation for responsible reptile parents.

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