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Thanks to sponsors, more than $30,000 up for grabs at the 2023 Florida Python Challenge®

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, participants of the 2023 Florida Python Challenge® have the
opportunity to win a share of thousands in cash prizes! The event, which is hosted by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD), features an Ultimate Grand Prize of $10,000 sponsored by Inversa Leathers. There is also
a prize of $7,500 for the Grand Prize Runner Up, sponsored by the Bergeron Everglades Foundation.

“This year we’re going to have $30,000 worth of prizes,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto.
“We want to thank the private sector. Without them we couldn’t offer such great incentives.”

Prizes will also be awarded in the professional, novice and military categories courtesy of
Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

Under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the FWC, SFWMD and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation
of Florida host the Florida Python Challenge® to raise awareness about invasive species in Florida
and their impacts. The event, which runs Aug. 4-13, encourages people to get directly involved in
Everglades conservation through invasive species removal. Visit to register
for the competition, take the required online training, view the optional training opportunities, learn
more about Burmese pythons and the unique Everglades ecosystem, and find resources for planning
your trip to south Florida to participate in 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 can lay 50 to 100 eggs at a time. Since 2000, more than 18,000 Burmese pythons have been
reported to the FWC as removed from the environment. For more information on Burmese pythons,

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