A resident of Brgy. Caray-caray, Naval, Biliran turned-over a reticulated python to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Biliran.
Measuring 2.76 meters in length and weighing approximately 6 kilos, the snake was caught trying to prey on chicken inside a farm in Brgy. Cabunga-an, Naval Biliran owned by Mr. Orson Manco.
Mr. Manco turned-over the captured snake to PENRO Biliran for proper handling and care. After checking its condition, the snake was immediately released to a forested area in Brgy. Villa consuelo, Naval, Biliran.
“We appreciate the effort of Mr. Manco who turned-over the captured snake to the office because we really want our wildlife species to stay protected in their natural habitat,” DENR VIII Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian says.
“We are requesting everyone to report incidents of wildlife trading and any form of wildlife abuse to the DENR. Also, if there are wildlife species in your area that needs to be rescued, please contact the DENR office nearest you,” he adds.
Reticulated pythons are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia including the Philippines. Under DENR Administrative Order 2019-19, the reticulated python is classified as Other Threatened Species (OTS), meaning the species is under threat from over collection throughout its range and is likely to be moved to the vulnerable category in the near future. Such species is also threatened due to predation, destruction of habitats, or other similar causes.
The DENR has been reminding the public that collection and possession of wildlife is guided by Republic Act 9147, An Act Providing for the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources and their Habitats. Any violation thereof is meted out with corresponding sanctions and penalties.