UPDATE! 50 harvested Burmese pythons were received by the University of Florida as of Friday, February 8. The pythons are being processed and logged by UF for the 2013 Python Challenge™. This is the last update until final results of the 2013 Python Challenge™ are announced on Saturday, February 16.
YOU’RE INVITED! The 2013 Python Challenge™Awareness and Awards Event will be on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zoo Miami. The FWC will announce who caught the most and the longest Burmese pythons at the 10:30 a.m. awards ceremony. Exhibits and activities highlighting Everglades conservation and invasive species will be on-going through 4 p.m. The event is free!
LAST CHANCE TO HARVEST AND TURN IN PYTHONS! The final day to harvest Burmese pythons for the 2013 Python Challenge™ is Sunday, February 10. You must turn in any pythons harvested by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11 at an approved drop-off location. Any snake turned in afterward will not qualify for the competition. Remember the registration form that served as your permit to harvest Burmese pythons in designated south Florida public lands for the Python Challenge ™will expire at midnight Sunday, February 10.
REMEMBER! The harvesting of Burmese pythons in the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area for the Python Challenge™ is closed. Harvesting pythons in this WMA closed as of Friday, February 1, 2013.
Increasing public awareness about Burmese pythons and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife, is the goal of the2013 Python Challenge™. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and its partners launched the2013 Python Challenge™to enlist both the general public and python permit holders in a month-long harvest of Burmese pythons.
Please remember to share your Python Challenge photos. Check out FWC photos of the 2013 Python Challenge Kickoff.