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Registration open for Python Challenge 2024 – NBC 6 South Florida

The 2024 Florida Python Challenge is officially accepting applicants.

Florida hosts an annual competition to remove Burmese pythons, considered an invasive species, from the Everglades.

Registration is now open and the Python uninstall contest will start on August 9, 2024 at 12:01 AM and end on August 19, 2024 at 5:00 PM. To register, click here.

Professional and novice hunters can compete for more than $25,000 in cash prizes.

Prizes are available for the longest python captured and the most pythons captured and removed.

“Last year, more than 200 pythons were removed from the Everglades and nearly 1,050 people from 35 different states participated,” said Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez during today’s press conference. “Since Governor Desantis and I have been in office, we have been able to remove 13,000 pythons, but we know there is much more to be done.”

Conservationists in Florida said 1,000 hunters from 32 states and as far away as Canada and Latvia removed 231 Burmese pythons during the 10-day competition in 2022.



The winner of the 2022 Florida Python Challenge is a 19-year-old from South Florida who fought 28 snakes in the Everglades. NBC 6’s Jessica Vallejo reports

Catching the snakes can be difficult.

“Use a buddy system,” advised Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Nonnative Programming Coordinator McKayla Spencer, who demonstrated how to catch a python with a snake stick.

The goal of the challenge is to raise awareness about the invasive species. FWC officials note that it is not known how many pythons are in the Everglades, but they were first spotted as early as 1979 and were believed to have been introduced to South Florida as pets.

They have been known to wreak havoc on native wildlife and even devour alligators. Pythons have no natural predators in the Everglades.

The Python Challenge lasts ten days and starts on August 4.

For more information, visit myFWC.com/python.

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