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Required Online Training

All participants (including youth under age 18) in the Florida Python Challenge must read the Rules and take the 2024 version of the Required Online Training. Training from a previous year is not valid for 2024 registration.  

The Required Online Training teaches participants identification of Burmese pythons and native snakes, plus safe handling and humane killing methods. Burmese pythons can be difficult to find and participants must follow a designated two-step method in order to kill them humanely.

Additional Optional Training is available to all participants.

Biologist holds a python

Florida Python Challenge™ Required Online Training

The Florida Python ChallengeOnline Training is required for all participants, including youth under age 18. Training from a previous year is not valid for 2024 registration. You will not be able to register for the competition until you complete this training. Save your certificate completion code at the end of your training in order to complete your Registration.


Go to Required Online 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 attend Python Patrol year-round in our free, virtual classes. View the class description and schedule here!

You can also help by photographing and reporting sightings of nonnative wildlife year-round at or by using the free IVEGOT1 smart phone app.

Report observations of high priority nonnative species to the FWC’s Invasive Species Hotline at (888) 483-4861.

Training Videos

Searching for Pythons

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

Read Competition Rules

Safe Capture of Pythons

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

Read Competition Rules

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