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How to Identify Nonnative Burmese Pythons vs. Native Florida Snakes

 

You must take the REDDy Light Training PDF to compete in the 2013 Python Challenge™Even those who are not competing are welcome and encouraged to take the training. Please note that generally snakes encountered in the Everglades ecosystem that are 4 feet in length or less are not Burmese pythons, and we do not recommend harvesting these snakes as part of the Python Challenge™.

REDDy Training ScreenCap

 

Nonnative Burmese Pythons

Burmese Python Carli Segelson
Burmese Python

Burmese Python Closeup Kevin Enge
Burmese Python

Burmese Python Think Stock
Burmese Python

Burmese Python Think Stock2
Burmese Python

Burmese Python Think Stock3
Burmese Python

Burmese Python UFIFASMike Rochford
Burmese Python

Native Florida Snakes

Brown Water Snake
Brown Water Snake

Corn Snake
Corn Snake

Cottonmouth
Cottonmouth (Venomous)

Eastern Indigo Snake
Eastern Indigo Snake

Florida Green Water Snake
Florida Green Water Snake

Yellow Rat Snake
Yellow Rat Snake

 

 "Depending on your point of view, Florida is either blessed or cursed with a rich diversity of snakes. Our (45 native) species of snakes are found in every conceivable habitat… Many people have negative attitudes towards snakes because of superstitions or folklore that have no basis in fact. In reality, snakes cause few problems, and many are beneficial in reducing populations of rodents and other pests. Just six of Florida's snake species are venomous…"
From Florida's Nonvenomous Snakes by Craig N. Huegel and David G. Cook