Photos: Risdawaty Nababan Facebook

Indonesia: Indonesian man comes out on top in life-or-death wrestling match with 7-meter Python
2nd October 2017;

This year, several reptile attacks have made the news in Indonesia, with the scaly beasts claiming human victims during each gruesome incident. However, one man in the Riau province seemingly beat all the odds by not only surviving his encounter with a 7-meter Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) but killing the snake as well.

Robert Nababan, a 37-year-old resident of the Indagiri Hulu regency of Riau, is now resting in a hospital after claiming that he wrestled with the gigantic snake. In his weak physical state, he briefly told reporters the story of his battle with the beast.

According to Robert, he was driving home on his motorcycle from his job as a security guard at a palm oil plantation near his village on Saturday evening. He then came across two pedestrians who wanted to cross the road but stopped in their tracks when they saw the python lying in the middle of the road.

“I tried to catch it (the python). It bit my arm, and we wrestled for a while,” Robert said, as quoted by Detik today.

Unfortunately, before Robert could go on with his story, his family kicked out the journalists who were reporting on the story from the hospital room so that Robert could get some rest.

While we don’t yet have the specifics of the fight between man and snake, the latter’s carcass is being kept as a trophy in Robert’s village, where its long body is tied between two trees for everyone, including children, to see (see photo above).

Considering the size of that snake, it’s incredible that Robert reportedly only suffered deep cuts on his left arm and fingers from the Python’s bite, as well as exhaustion.

In March of this year, a man in West Sulawesi wasn’t as lucky when he encountered a 7-meter Python (rescuers found him dead inside the snake’s stomach, having been swallowed whole). More recently, four people, including a “crocodile shaman”, have fallen victim to reported Crocodile attacks throughout Indonesia.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta

Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus)
Old Upper Thomson Road, 4th November 2015

This decomposing young Reticulated Python was found dangling from some vines along Old Upper Thomson Road. It is likely that it had been killed (possibly run over by a vehicle), then placed there by a passer-by.

NATIVE WILDLIFE RESCUE ROUND UP – 23 SEP 2016

We were alerted to the cases of snake sightings (shown in the photos), and to our shock both were dead on arrival. Similarly the cobra (on the right) from another case at a different location was also dead on arrival. Even though we did not rule out the possibility of grass cutting machinery injuring the snakes, we often come across such situations where the snakes are dead either through trauma or other methods like hot water. Unfortunately, the individuals who called us were also not aware of what had happened to these animals.

We often face such situations, where concerned individuals call us to help, but there might be others at the scene who are not aware and hurt these animals purely out of fear. Please remember that these wild animals do not attack or bite unless provoked or handled in a wrong manner. They continue to adapt in urban environment and the best option is to leave them alone when sighted in green spaces, drains and canals.

Please help us share and spread the word about our native wildlife to prevent such incidents.

Please remember to call our 24hr wildlife rescue hotline 9783 7782 for assistance if you see any wild animal in distress.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus)
Lim Chu Kang Lane 6F, 5th February 2016

This unfortunate Reticulated Python had been run over by a vehicle.

It’s World Snake Day today. Here are some unfortunate roadkills I’ve found.

Upper Left: Striped Kukri Snake (Oligodon octolineatus) @ Island Club Road
Upper Right: Paradise Tree Snake (Chrysopelea paradisi) @ Neo Tiew Crescent
Lower Left: Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) @ Punggol Road
Lower Right: Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) @ Lim Chu Kang Lane 6F

PLEASE HELP TO PROTECT SINGAPORE’S BEAUTIFUL PYTHONS – HELP TO SPREAD THE WORD

Last week, our 24-hr wildlife rescue team received a call about a Python sighted in a canal on Jurong West Street 92. To our shock and frustration, we arrived at the scene to find a dead 1.5m long Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) in the canal. The Python’s head was smashed by a heavy object, which no doubt killed her. There were signs that Python had recently eaten an animal, most likely a huge Rat (Rattus sp.), making him/her immobile and defenceless for a while.

With no one around to confirm what happened, and no cameras in the vicinity, all we can ask is for increased awareness and protection for these animals.

Reticulated Pythons are protected native wild animals, which use canals (and rivers) to navigate. They mainly feed on Rats, and play an important role in our ecosystem as natural pest managers!

It is best to leave them alone when sighted in canals/drains, or in natural areas. They are very shy and will keep away from humans – nothing like the fierce, scary creatures that they are often portrayed as in movies. If they are cornered or handled inappropriately, they can give a nasty bite in defence, just like any wild animal. These Pythons grow to a maximum length of 4m or slightly more, and do not pose a danger to humans if left alone.

Please remember to call our 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Hotline 9783 7782 for assistance if you see a wild animal in Singapore who may need some help.

Have a pleasant weekend everyone!

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

Photograph by Xu Weiting

Bizarre death of a Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) at Kent Ridge

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Kent Ridge, campus of the National University of Singapore, Science Drive 4; 7 April 2016; 0830 hrs.

Observation: One juvenile example of about 1 m total length was found freshly dead and draped over the edge of the door of a toilet cubicle. Figure 1 shows the limp body of the dead snake hanging down the side of the door. Figure 2 shows the head of the dead snake on the side of the door facing the cubicle.

Remarks: This appears to be an accident. The Python could have coiled itself on the metal box of the door closer (indicated by white arrow in Fig. 1) and escaped the notice of the person using the toilet cubicle. It had probably tried to slip over the side of the door facing the cubicle as the door was being shut, thereby catching it at the neck and crushing that section of the body. However, it is also possible that it was not an accident. The user of the toilet cubicle could have noticed the snake, and had deliberately and forcibly shut the door to kill it. The Reticulated Python is a common snake in Singapore. It frequents most terrestrial habitats, from forest to mangroves, and is often found near human habitation (Baker & Lim, 2012: 91).

Reference:

  • Baker, N. & K. K. P. Lim, 2012. Wild Animals of Singapore. A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes. Updated edition. Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 74

The carcass of a 6-metre long Python was found while firemen were putting out a forest fire in Gong Kedak.
Photo: Fire and Rescue Department

Malaysia: Firemen discover burnt Python after battling forest fire
By Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah, 5th May 2016;

Firemen putting out a forest fire in Gong Kedak were stunned to find a casualty of the blaze in the form of a six-metre long Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus).

The Python’s carcass was found about 7pm, just after firemen had just brought under control the fire at the 20-hectare forest bordering the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Gong Kedak last night.

The carcass was discovered by one of the firemen from the Pasir Putih Fire and Rescue Department

District Fire and Rescue Department commanding officer Azhar Elmi Mustofar said six firemen were dispatched to the scene at noon to battle the blaze.

They took about seven hours to bring the flames under control.

“After putting out the fire, we were shocked to discover the snake’s carcass on the ground,” he said.

He said the department believes that the fire was man-made.

Source: New Straits Times