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Registration Is Open for the 2024 Florida Python Challenge ®

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — Today, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced
that registration for the 2024 Florida Python Challenge® is now open. Participants this year
will have the chance to win a share of more than $25,000 in prizes for removing invasive
Burmese pythons from the wild. Starting today, those interested in participating in the 2024
Florida Python Challenge® can complete the required online training to compete in the 10-
day competition which runs August 9–18, 2024. The competition is open to both profession-
al and novice participants.

“Thanks to Governor DeSantis’ unwavering dedication to Everglades restoration, Florida
continues to make record investments in protecting the state’s unique natural resources for
future generations, including the targeted removal of the invasive Burmese python,” said
Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “I wish all participants a memorable and safe
hunt, and I look forward to congratulating this year’s winners.”

“Thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis and our partners with the South Florida Water Management
District, FWC is once again hosting the world-famous Florida Python Challenge®,” said Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Roger Young. “This event al-
lows the public to get involved in protecting our native wildlife while competing to win thousands
of dollars for their efforts removing Burmese pythons from our iconic Florida Everglades ecosystem,
a place like nowhere else on Earth.”

“The great partnership between the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is critical as we continue to work together to pro-
tect the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, conserve native wildlife, and combat invasive pythons.
We continue to expedite Everglades restoration efforts thanks to the support of Governor Ron
DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, and we’ll continue doing everything we
can to protect this important ecosystem,” said South Florida Water Management District
Governing Board Member “Alligator Ron” Bergeron. “The Everglades is one of the natural
wonders of the world, and the Python Challenge is another great way to get people directly in-
volved in the protection of the Everglades. Long live the Everglades!”

Click here to register for the competition, take the required online training, view the optional
training opportunities, learn more about Burmese pythons and the Everglades ecosystem, or
find resources for planning a trip to South Florida to participate in the Florida Python Challenge®.

The 2023 Florida Python Challenge® removed 209 invasive Burmese pythons from the Ever-
glades. A total of 917 pythons have been removed as a result of the Florida Python Challenge®
to date. One thousand and fifty people from 35 states (and Belgium) registered for the 10-day
competition in 2023.

In addition to python removal opportunities on 32 commission-managed lands which are available
year-round, pythons can be humanely killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission —
no permit or hunting license required — and the FWC encourages people to remove and humanely
kill pythons from private lands whenever possible.

Prizes will also be awarded in the professional, novice and military categories, courtesy of our
sponsors and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. We thank Bergeron Everglades Foundation
and InversaLeathers for donating $10,000 each and Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands for do-
nating $5,000 to support conservation efforts in Florida through the Florida Python Challenge®.

About Invasive Burmese Pythons
Burmese pythons are not native to Florida, and they negatively impact native wildlife. This invasive
species is found primarily in and around the Everglades ecosystem in South Florida where they prey
on birds, mammals, and other reptiles. A female Burmese python may lay 50 to 100 eggs at a time.
Since 2000, more than 21,000 Burmese pythons have been reported to the FWC as removed from the
environment. For more information on Burmese pythons, visit

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