By Ely Dumaboc
Residents of Balangasan village in Pagadian City have turned over a reticulated python to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) after they rescue it during heavy downpour of rain Wednesday.
Nino Ranes said he saw the python, sawa in vernacular, slithering out from a manhole in Sta. Lucia district as the rain had flooded the area.
With the help of another resident, Eduardo Capino, they rescued the python with their bare hands.
The residents immediately turned over the python, measuring 3.8 meters long and weighed about 12 kilograms, to PENRO.
The snake is native to Southeast Asia and South Asia. It is the world’s longest snake.
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Because of its wide distribution, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has classified the reticulated python as least concern.
IUCN Red List, also known as Red Data List, is the world’s most comprehensive list of conservation status of all biological species.
The environment officials brought the rescued python to the Regional Wildlife Center in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.
PENRO personnel said the python has to be nourished back to health before they will release it to the wild.