Jalan Berseh community cat becomes python meal

Pythons live in drains and canals in Singapore.

By Belmont Lay | November 29, 2016

Looks like Jalan Berseh community near Jalan Besar will be missing at least one of its community cats.

The above photo was shared on Twitter on Nov. 28, 2016.

The snake is most likely a reticulated python.

Reticulated pythons can grow up to three to five metres in length. They are the most common type of snakes found in Singapore, feeding on rats and other small animals and have no problems living in drains as they are good swimmers.

They can enter areas such as swimming complexes via drains and canals, like how one did in 2014 when it ended up in Toa Payoh Swimming Complex.

The National University of Singapore undertakes a python population study, where the non-venomous constrictors that have been caught are microchipped and released back into the wild.

They kill their prey through constriction, and swallow it whole, head first.

They can turn aggressive when threatened, so the public is advised to keep a distance.

If you need help because the python is in the way, for example, lying motionless across the road or on your front gate, call the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) 24-hr wildlife rescue hotline: 9783 7782.

 

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