STAFF of the Provincial Office for the Environment and Natural Resources (Penro) in Biliran released a reticulated python in the wooded area after being caught preying on chicken on a farm in Barangay Cabunga-an , Naval.
The python, measuring 2.76 meters long and weighing around six kilograms, in the farm owned by Orson Manco, who then delivered the captured snake to Penro.
“We appreciate the efforts of Mr. Manco who returned the captured snake to the office because we really want our wildlife to remain protected in their natural habitat,” said Director Tirso Parian of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. (DENR).
“We ask everyone to report incidents of wildlife trade and any form of wildlife abuse to DENR. Also, if there are wildlife in your area that need to be rescued, please contact the DENR office closest to you, ”the official added.
Reticulated pythons are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.
This animal is classified as an Other Threatened Species, which means that it is threatened by excessive harvesting throughout its range and is likely to move into the vulnerable category in the near future.
The species is also threatened due to predation, habitat destruction or other similar causes.
The DENR reminded the public that the collection and possession of wild animals is governed by Republic Law 9147, a law providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats.
Violators of said law will be punished with the corresponding penalties and penalties. (SunStar Philippines)