Burmese pythons are not native to Florida and are considered an invasive species due to their impacts to native wildlife.  

Like all nonnative reptile species, Burmese pythons are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty law and can be humanely killed on private property with landowner permission. 

This species can be captured and humanely killed year-round and without a permit or hunting license on 32 Commission-managed lands in south Florida.

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world.  Adult Burmese pythons caught in Florida average between 1.8 m (6 ft) and 2.7 m (9 ft); 

the largest Burmese captured in Florida measured over 5.4 m (18 ft) in length.

Burmese pythons are tan in color with dark blotches along the back and sides. The blotches look like puzzle pieces or the markings on a giraffe.

They have a pyramid-shaped head with a dark, arrowhead-shaped wedge extending toward the nose.

Burmese pythons are semi-aquatic and are often found near or in water. 

Diet In Florida, Burmese pythons have been found to prey upon a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles even alligators.

Native Range India, lower China, the Malay Peninsula and some islands of the East Indies.

Florida Distribution A population of Burmese pythons is established in South Florida. Historically, the python population was centered within Everglades National Park in Miami-Dade County.

Burmese pythons are currently considered established from just south of Lake Okeechobee to Key Largo and from western Broward County west to Collier County. 

Individuals have been found in southwest Florida in Naples and near Lake Okeechobee. Python observations outside of south and southwest Florida are likely escaped or released animals.

Potential Impacts Because of their large size, adult Burmese pythons have few predators, with humans being the exception. 

They prey upon native species and may reduce their populations locally. Research is underway to ascertain the impacts pythons have on native mammal species. 

While pythons will eat common native species and nonnative species such as Norway rats, they can also consume threatened or endangered native species. 

For instance, pythons have eaten endangered Key Largo wood rats. Burmese pythons can pose a threat to human safety. Pythons may also prey upon pets such as cats and dogs.