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Optional Training

All Florida Python Challenge™ participants must read the Rules and take the Required Online Training prior to Registration.

Below are additional tools to teach participants how to identify, locate and safely capture Burmese pythons.

In-person training

In-person safe capture trainings are available near the start of the Florida Python Challenge. Trainings are held at Everglades Holiday Park from 9:00-10:30 a.m, August 9-11. Space is limited to 21 participants at each training. 

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Biologist teach safe handling techniques for pythons

Training Outposts

Visit a Training Outpost during opening weekend for additional instruction from an expert in safe capture and humane killing techniques. Outposts are located at each check station on August 9-11 of opening weekend, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Virtual Python Patrol Program

Virtual Python Patrol is available year-round at no cost to the public. This program aims to create a network of trained individuals able to identify Burmese pythons, report sightings, and in some cases, capture and humanely kill nonnative snakes. Florida Python Challenge participants can register for the next Virtual Python Patrol program or view the presentation PDF here. 

Virtual Python Patrol is not a substitute for the Required Online Training.

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Training Videos

Searching for Pythons

This educational video will provide expert tips for locating pythons in the wild.

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Safe Capture of Burmese Pythons

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

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