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Five-metre python caught in Wichit, residents worry over missing cats

Five-metre python caught in Wichit, residents worry over missing cats

PHUKET: Local rescue officers in Wichit were called to snare a five-metre python that was found on a house fence wall in Phuket Villa 5 last night (Nov 19).

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 02:31PM


Officers from Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation division at Wichit Municipality (DDPM-Wichit) arrived soon after 8pm to find the snake still on the wall.

“The python was sleeping. It was easy to catch. Our team member Jaruwat Atipongthaworn with help from  other team members had it in a box in three minutes,” DDPM-Wichit officer Worasak Songsook told The Phuket News.

“The python was about five meters long and weighed about 15 kilograms. It kept spraying urine [as a defence measure], which was pungent, so we did not check the gender of the python. We just put it in a box,” he said.

Mr Jaruwat, who is the DDPM-Wichit member usually called on to handle snakes, said he suspected the snake was a female.

Mr Worasak was confident that the python caught last night was not the same one believed to have evaded capture in the snaring of another python in Moo 7, Wichit, off Thep Anusorn Rd, earlier this month. (See story here.)

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“This python is different. It is a different color and size. This python is smaller,” he said.

“I think this python was looking for something to eat because people living in the area said three cats had disappeared. The cats never came back home,” Mr Worasak said.

The python caught last night was later released into jungle far from any residential area, Mr Worasak added.

“Anyone who wants us to remove a snake, please call us at 076-525199. We’ll come and safely take it away,” he said.

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Kurt | 23 November 2019 - 11:49:23

Christy Sweet, wow, quite a relieve that the skin of a 5 meter long python at least brings in about us$ 200.- . That makes sure indeed that Phuket forest not become python overcrowded by to many releases.

Christy Sweet | 22 November 2019 - 17:32:23

Worry not,  as  python skin fetches about $50 USD  per meter- with longer intact  skins  netting even more cash, the innocent fauna of the jungle  shall remain relatively safe.

Kurt | 21 November 2019 - 09:46:53

Is it really a good idea to release all these pythons in the 'jungle' on Phuket? Perhaps a good thing to chip them and follow their doing/movements? Analyses  can show or crowded Phuket is still a good environment for pythons?

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