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

Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus)
Old Upper Thomson Road, 23rd November 2015

Sarah Marie Pascoe shared these photos of a young Reticulated Python that had clearly been run over by a motor vehicle while crossing a road along the forest edge.

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Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticultus) close-up. Taken from road kill just outside Bunker Track this morning. It must have been at least two metres long. So sad!

Source: Lim Kim Seng Facebook

ACRES makes police report about dead snake at Bukit Timah Plaza; animal abuse suspected

By Amelia Teng, 2nd November 2015;

The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) made a police report on Monday about a possible case of animal abuse.

It found a dead Python along a walkway leading to an upper parking deck at the Bukit Timah Plaza last Wednesday evening, with its head and body crushed, and a cigarette butt in its mouth.

This follows a spate of cat deaths in Yishun in the last two months, with the most recent occuring last Friday morning.

“We have come across other incidents where snakes are killed because people fear them. They don’t know that snakes can be left alone,” she added.

“But this incident looks different,” she added. “It looks like the snake was hurt and stepped on, as there’s trauma to the head.

"Its skin at the rear portion was stuck to the floor and there was a cigarette placed in its mouth.”

“It couldn’t have been run over by a vehicle because it was at a walkway and not on the driveway,” she added.

The snake, which was up to a metre long, was a Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus), a species that is commonly found in Singapore. Its carcass is currently with ACRES.

Those found guilty of any unauthorised killing of an animal under the Wild Animals and Birds Act face a maximum fine of $1,000 per animal.

Under the Animals and Birds Act, anyone who neglects to supply the animals with food and/or water or subjects them to unnecessary suffering and distress is guilty of animal cruelty.First offenders may be fined up to S$15,000 and/or be jailed for up to 18 months.

Anyone who has information regarding the death of the python can inform the ACRES Animal Crime Investigation Unit at acrescrime@gmail.com.

Source: The Straits Times

ACRES makes police report about dead snake at Bukit Timah Plaza; animal abuse suspected

Please don’t club your friendly neighbourhood Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus). They help you control the rat population. Call Acres wildlife rescue helpline (24hr) at +65 9783 7782 if you need assistance.

Source: Joelle Lai Facebook