PYTHON REMOVAL COMPETITION

The 2016 Python Challenge™ includes a Burmese python removal competition, with the goal of empowering people to take an active role in conserving the Florida Everglades through invasive species removal.

The competition to remove Burmese pythons will kick off at noon on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, and continue through 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Competitors will be able to remove Burmese pythons from participating areas. Only Burmese pythons removed from these areas will be considered as valid entries in the competition.

For the 2016 Python Challenge™, people can register as an individual, as part of a team or in both categories. In both the individual and team categories, there will be prizes awarded for the most pythons removed as well as for the longest python removed. There also will be additional prizes given out at the awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Participants with their catch from the 2013 Python Challenge™.