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What are important next steps to help prevent the snakes from spreading to other areas, and what should I do if I see a python in the wild?

Development of early detection techniques for non-native reptiles is important because prevention is substantially less costly and more effective than control or eradication. Avoiding release or escape of pets is a crucial element for ensuring that non-native species do not occur in the wild and therefore cannot colonize. The state of Florida has a Nonnative Pet Amnesty Program and an adoption program.


If you see a python in the wild – or suspect that a snake is a python or an invasive snake – you should take the same precautions for these constrictor snakes as one would take for alligators: avoid interacting with or getting close to the animal. If you are in Everglades National Park, you can report a python sighting to a park ranger. You can also report the animal via the Ive-Got-1 reporting hotline (888-483-4681), the EDDMapS reporting site or by using an iPhone application, IveGot1 - Identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida. These reporting sites share reports so you only need to report the animal at one of them.

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