The Burmese python
is a large nonvenomous constrictor that is an invasive species
in Florida. Bu
rmese pythons are found primarily in and around the Everglades ecosystem in south Florida where the snake represents a threat to native wildlife. As reported in the Hernando Sun recently, a Burmese Python was spotted on a driveway here in Hernando County. Whether this was an accidental or purposeful release of a pet or the arrival of this invasive species in our area is unknown. But wildlife officials and experts agree that breeding and hybridization is allowing the Burmese Python to increase it’s range. The overarching concern is that they prey on native Florida species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Identifying Burmese pythons is easy relatively easy. Burmese pythons are large constrictors that can grow to over 20 feet in length and they can weight more than 200 pounds, although those caught in Florida are generally between 6 and 10 feet long(!) As adults, they are larger than almost all native snakes. Typical B
urmese pythons are tan in color with dark blotches along the back and sides.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Pythons can be humanely killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission – no permit required- and the FWC encourages people to remove and kill pythons from private lands whenever possible.
The FWC encourages hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists to consider joining their team and helping remove invasive Burmese pythons in Florida. They offer no-cost trainings throughout south Florida where participants learn about pythons and practice safe capture techniques by working with live pythons and offer pay to remove pythons.