A 9-feet-long rock python, weighing around 12 kg, was spotted at a village in Ganjam district of district.Activists of animal welfare organisation, ‘People for Animals’, along with forest personnel led by range officer of Digapahandi forest range.
A Madhabilata, rescued the reptile from a threshing yard at Odasingi village yesterday, a forest official said. The reptile would be released into the wild near Changudidei hill, he said.”It is rare for reptiles to move out of their hideouts in winter. So the python’s movements were unusual. We think that the reptile is two-year-old,” Sameer Kumar Tripathy, a wildlife activist, said.
It is worth mentioning that it is the second rock python that was rescued from the area in the last three months. As last year in October 2017, a full-grown python was rescued from Jalamaripalli village. Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Asish Kumar Behera said that the Indian rock python is sighted frequently in the area.The Indian rock python is a large non-venomous python species.
It is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and is listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, which regulates the international trade of wildlife species, said Behera.
The Indian Rock Phython is being found in most of the Indian mainland excluding North-east region after North-Bengal and also not found in Indian Islands. Geographical distribution of Indian Rock Python may overlap with its sister species Burmese Python in North India.
Recorded from following states: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, West Bengal. Also found in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Most of the times it can be easily identified by checking its large size, dark irregular patches, pinkish head and slow locomotion.
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