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Required Online Training

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Burmese pythons, though large animals, are notoriously difficult to find. The color and pattern of a python’s skin is designed to help it blend in with surrounding vegetation, allowing this powerful ambush predator to remain virtually undetected when potential prey animals are near. Because these snakes can be difficult to spot and require specific handling guidelines, all participants in the Florida Python Challenge® must take the Required Online Training which will help them more effectively identify and remove these constrictors from the wild.

We learned from previous Florida Python Challenge® events that participants with more experience and/or training are more effective at locating and removing pythons from the wild.

Trainings for the Florida Python Challenge® will educate participants on how to identify, report, and safely and humanely kill Burmese pythons. Participants will also learn how to correctly distinguish pythons from native snakes.

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Florida Python Challenge® Required Online Training

The Florida Python Challenge® Online Training is required for all participants. You will not be able to register for the competition until you complete this training. 

Go to Required Training

Can’t take part in the Florida Python Challenge® but you’d still like to get involved? We invite you to learn more by visiting

You can also help by photographing and reporting sightings of nonnative wildlife year-round to the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 1-888-483-4861, online at or by using the free smart phone app IVEGOT1.

Searching for Pythons

This educational video is full of expert tips for locating pythons in the wild.

Safe Capture of Pythons

This educational video will help you learn how to safely capture and humanely kill invasive pythons.