Members of Florida’s Python Action Team Capture Record-Breaking 18-Foot, 9-Inch Burmese Python
By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission // October 11, 2020
snake weighed-in at a whopping 104 pounds
(FWC) – Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Python Action Team and the South Florida Water Management District Python Elimination Program captured an 18-foot, 9-inch Burmese python.
That’s a new record, Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis caught the behemoth of a snake weighing a whopping 104 pounds.
The removal of this female snake is a triumph for our native wildlife and habitats and a great example of the partnership between our two programs working toward our goal of removing nonnative pythons.
The Burmese python is a large nonvenomous constrictor that is an invasive species in Florida. Burmese pythons are found primarily in and around the Everglades ecosystem in south Florida where the snake represents a threat to native wildlife.
The FWC works with partners to manage Burmese pythons in a variety of ways.
Removing Pythons in Florida
Pythons can be humanely killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission – no permit required- and the FWC encourages people to remove and kill pythons from private lands whenever possible.
Pythons may also be killed at any time throughout the year from 25 Wildlife Management Areas, Public Small Game Hunting Areas and Wildlife and Environmental Areas where pythons are known to exist.
There is no bag limit and pythons may be humanely killed by any means other than traps or firearms (unless provided for by specific area regulations).