The Burmese python, a large nonvenomous constrictor, is an invasive species in Florida. These snakes are currently found primarily in and around the Everglades, where they represent a serious threat to native wildlife.
“Over the past 20 years, Burmese pythons have spread from being a localized problem to a larger landscape problem across state, federal and private lands in south Florida,” said Sarah Funck, who leads the FWC’s Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program. “We want to work with our partners, land managers and members of the public to identify options to control and remove this invasive species.”
In partnership with Everglades National Park, the FWC is developing an Interagency Python Management Plan to identify goals and strategies for land managers to help control invasive Burmese pythons.
“Coordination and cooperation across agencies and boundaries are critical to successful invasive species management,” said Tylan Dean, Biological Resources Branch Chief for Everglades National Park. “This plan will help improve management of this invasive species throughout south Florida.”
Several public workshops will be held in November in conjunction with the development of this new management plan. These workshops will allow the public to share their input on policy and management, and learn what steps are currently being taken to control Burmese pythons in Florida.
We need your feedback on Burmese python management issues in south Florida. Attend a workshop to learn more and speak with experts.
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County Office,18710 SW 288th St.,Homestead, FL 33030.
For more information email: Pythons@MyFWC.com
FWC Press Release: http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2017/october/30/python-workshops/