How to Identify Nonnative Burmese Pythons vs. Native Florida Snakes
You must take the REDDy Light Training 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™.
Nonnative Burmese Pythons
Native Florida Snakes
Brown Water Snake
Eastern Indigo Snake
Florida Green Water 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