There have been a lot of reports in the media of late of cases where wildlife rescue workers have had to remove large snakes from urban areas that have strayed from their natural habitats as a result of recent heavy rains, just last week a 15ft long python was removed from Soi Phra Tamnak in Pattaya, well it appears a large reticulated Python in Phuket wanted its five minutes of fame.
In the early hours of this morning, Animal rescue workers were called to deal with a large 5-metre long python that reportedly weighed 70kg that had strayed into Phuket Town.
Workers from the Kusoldharm rescue foundation were informed that a big python had been spotted near the Phuket Formal Education Centre located on Damrong Road in Phuket Town.
Rescue members arrived at just after 1:30am where they found the snake peacefully resting under the centre’s sign.
After realising the snakes size an additional 10 rescue workers equipped with a large cage managed to safely capture the snake.
The head of the Snake catching unit from the Kusoldharm Foundation, Poonsap Sae-eung said that the python measured just over five-meters and weighed over 70 kilogrammes.
He said that members have already contacted the Nature and Wildlife Centre at Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area but due to the snakes large size they feel it might need to be relocated elsewhere as it is too big for Phuket.