MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced the opening of registration for the 2024 Florida Python Challenge®. Participants can compete for over $25,000 in prizes by removing invasive Burmese pythons from the wild. The 10-day competition, running from August 9-18, 2024, is open to both professionals and novices who complete the required online training.

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez praised Governor DeSantis for his commitment to Everglades restoration and expressed anticipation for a successful event. FWC Executive Director Roger Young highlighted the event’s role in protecting native wildlife and the

Last year, the challenge removed 209 pythons, contributing to a total of 917 pythons removed to date. The competition also offers year-round python removal opportunities on various lands, encouraging humane killing on private properties with owner permission.

Prizes are awarded in professional, novice, and military categories, thanks to sponsors including the Bergeron Everglades Foundation, InversaLeathers, and Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands.

Burmese pythons are invasive in Florida, primarily found in the Everglades, where they harm native wildlife. Since 2000, over 21,000 have been removed. For more information and to register, visit MyFWC.com/Python.