Showing posts with label wildlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wildlife. Show all posts

Monday, October 26, 2020

Albino python discovered in Sri Lanka

Albino python discovered in Sri Lanka

Wildlife Conservation Department of Sri Lanka reported the discovery of a rare albino python from a farm in Ritigala in
the North Central Province. 

The wildlife officials of Ritigala Beat Wildlife Office took the reptile into their safe custody with the hope of releasing it into a suitable wildlife park.

The female albino is about 2 meters and 60 centimeters and about 10 to 12 years old.

This is believed the first albino python recorded in Sri Lanka.  

(Photos from Social Media)


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Snake phobia and killing pythons

Researchers stretch out alongside Florida-record Burmese python. Photo courtesy of the University of Florida
Python is a harmless reptile that lives in woods especially in South Asia. But its size is so enormous that the man who is generally snake phobic may be terrified. There are lots of fiction about pythons swallowing men alive. This fiction has extended to internet graphics also.

I have lived with a python when I was in a torture center in 1989 era. The python was used to frighten the prisoners to get them to divulge information. But it was an innocent creature. Very rarely it bit like a cat when it was extremely hungry as it was not given food.

The python was kept in a box and an old prisoner was trained to feed it with eggs and meat stuffed forcibly into the mouth gaped with the use of two sticks. I think the keeper, one fine day, kept the lid of the box half open and let the creature escape.

Python is a specie under threat of extinction in Sri Lanka. It is a pity that the people tend to kill this reptile when they see it in their environment.

Today I read a story about a man being honored for killing a massive python in Florida. The serpent is called a Burmese python.

Americans, perhaps who went to war brought this specie from Asia to be kept as pet. Now they have escaped to environment and become a threat to wildlife.

In Florida, where they’ve been released as pets and escaped from wildlife facilities, there are thousands of them, mostly within the Everglades ecosystem.

As such a large and voracious invasive species, they’re a threat to native wildlife. The state would like to eradicate them, if that were possible.
Read the story.

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