𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – The DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sarangani has released the reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) back to the wild on Wednesday (April 12) after it was rescued by a concerned villager.
PENR Officer Maria Elvira V. Lumayag said the reptile was turned over by Roderick Crebello after he spotted the python at their backyard in Lower Bayan, Barangay Maribulan of this town.
Based on the assessment of Dr. Roy O. Mejorada, in-house veterinarian of PENRO Sarangani, the 1.53-meter long and 1.2-kilogram snake is healthy and fit to return to its natural habitat. The python was released in a forested area of Barangay Bagacay on Wednesday afternoon.
Reticulated pythons are non-venomous constrictors native to South and Southeast Asia and are listed as “Least Concern” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List due to their wide distribution. These wild reptiles play a vital role in the natural environment, and maintaining a high level of biodiversity is essential for keeping natural ecosystems working. As such, public awareness about protection and conservation are highly advocated. (With report and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani) | RSCIGM 3P