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FWC Creates Special Snake & Reptile Hunting Season
For Capture And Removal Of Reptiles Of Concern..

Thanks Steve for The Python Pic

Thanks Steve for The Python Pic

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida --(AmmoLand.com)- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a special chance for hunters to capture and remove reptiles of concern from state-managed lands around the Everglades.

From March 8 to April 17, those with a hunting license and a $26 management area permit may take reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticulated python, northern and southern African rock python, amethystine or scrub python, green anaconda and Nile monitor lizard) on Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger wildlife management areas (WMAs).

The specially created season, established by executive order, follows the close of small game season on the three WMAs, and continues during a period when the nonnative snakes are likely to be encountered. During cooler months, cold-blooded reptiles sun themselves on levees, canal banks and roadways to warm up. This makes them easier to spot, capture and remove.

“We are once again engaging our stakeholders, in this case, the hunting community, to help us reduce the number of reptiles of concern in the Everglades,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “Our hunters are on the front lines, and we hope, by tapping into their knowledge of the Everglades, we can make significant progress in this effort.”

On Monday, Feb. 22, a large group of hunters will receive training on how to identify, stalk, capture and remove reptiles of concern. The FWC and experts from the reptile industry will provide the training, which includes lessons in biology and behavior. A local tanner also will be on hand to explain the value of harvested hides.

“In order to increase the numbers of reptiles of concern taken, we believe it is important to give the hunting community the tools for success, and that means the knowledge they need to apply their skills,” Barreto said.

Representatives from the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Big Cypress National Preserve, South Florida Water Management District and Army Corps of Engineers are scheduled to attend the event.

Reptiles of concern may be taken by all legal methods (including shotguns, rimfire rifles and pistols) used in the taking of game animals; however, the use of centerfire rifles is prohibited. Reptiles of concern may not be taken out of the wildlife management areas alive and must be reported to the FWC within 36 hours by calling, toll-free, 866-392-4286, or by visiting MyFWC.com/ROC.

  • 10 User comments to “FWC Creates Special Snake & Reptile Hunting Season”

    1. edward japhe on May 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM said:

      I viewed a program on TV this week regarding a python that had mistakenly swallowed four golf balls that he apparently thought were chicken eggs and if he did not get surgery to remove them from his digetive system it would be fatal.

      The reason he ate the golf balls was that they were for some reason embeded in a chicken coop under one of the chickens, and the scent that permeated the golf balls from the chicken environment fooled the snake into thinking that they were chicken eggs.

      Obviously, this leads one to easily strategize that if golf balls or other similar types of non digestible objects that resemble eggs from chicken or other types of eggs from animals that snakes hunt for can be impregnated with chemical scents immitating chickens or other types of animals scents and then disbursed throughout FL affected areas, this would attract snakes to them for eating, and solve this major problem in FL.

    2. And what of the other native species which might ingest the dispursed scented fake eggs? We often over look the consequences of our actions to fend off invasive species…

    3. JAMES IDELL on August 5, 2011 at 10:52 PM said:

      This is a unique opportunity for the hunting community to do something new and at the same time rewarding. Simply laying scented eggs provides no guarantee to the eradication of an invasive species either, more so just a nuisance to the delicate eco-system enduring stressors brought on by it. The hunting and removal is by far the best option, not to mention an excellent way to teach younger hunters about our awesome state and the consequences man kind can have it. And lastly, snake taste great so why would you want to leave such a great meal dying in the woods some where?

    4. willy billy on February 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM said:

      The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few……..

    5. IdahoFrank on November 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM said:

      Why not just make it legal to take non-indigenous species year around? That would ensure better control of these species.

    6. William Howe on December 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM said:

      Question: Why not Taurus and Smith&Wesson have a contest to help out the snake hunt. The Judge against the Governor
      The two revolvers are made for snake hunting and if the owner would pre regesiter and pay a small fee and the total fee monies be returned in prize money. The interst would be GREAT and the gun sales would skyrocket for both. The local rifle clubs could mannage the event and a winner or winners would be determined by the Game Comission by weight, length and numbers.
      The more monies raised the more interest develops and the more snakes get removed from the system. WINNER
      Go to the “Mosquito Creek Sportsman Club Site” to see how to run such an event. They have a hunt and the prize money is in the thousands. You would need to be pre registered. Clubs and people found cheating would be displayed in public.

    7. so sad to here that its open hunting season to kill pythons, The idiots that bought them and then got tired of them and let them go! florida has alligator rescue, why not python rescue? It pisses me off they even sell exotic species, I own a python rescued from an abuser. I love him and have owned him for 7yrs and would never let him free to die. Shame on anyone that would collect $$ to hunt and kill them..I am heart broken to hear this could not imagine anyone harming my snake. There are cold heartless people out there that abuse any living thing, human, animal, etc.. bummer! Hope I have a few fans out there? if not I can not say what I would like to you *%*$ ^@ @(*$)! god bless us all

    8. Hey,here in oz we have lots of introduced speciesis, rabbits, foxes pigs cats & many more decimating naural Fauna. It’s not nice or pretty but it’s necessary yo control and eradicate these vermin. Good call on this . Might not be PC popular
      But it is necessary.if rabbits were leading to your cattle starving & snapping legs on holes around warrens ud be out there youself dealing with then no matter how much you lik little fluffy animals.

    9. Hey , a decent python skin would make a very cool gun bag, make this an annual contest & I’ll book a plane ticket for next year.

      Seriously I’ll be there, kids can go do the Disney thing with the wife & I’ll get a decent skin for a gun bag.

    10. Hey it’s me again, you relise these things are edible yeah? Good opportunity for s cooking comp, seriously chilli, curry top stuff.

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