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!