A 7-ft rock python preferred to adjust herself in a city flat

A fully-grown female python was spotted around 11.15 pm in the house of Sajid Shaikh at Carina Terrace Apartments in
Lullanagar.

The flat where the snake was found, has been vacant for the last six months. On Friday night, when the owners opened the door, they found the python coiled up on the balcony.

The non-venomous snake is about 6 kg in weight and brown in colour, with amoeba-shaped patches on the hide,Commonly known as Ajgar, the Indian rock python is a rare species of snake. This could be the first time that such a huge serpent was found in the heart of the city.

Abrar Sayed, secretary, Carina society says that, it is a rare occurrence to find such a snake in the heart of a residential are, and. they have no clue how it found its way into the building,

A volunteer from the Katraj snake park, rescue the reptile, and sent it to the snake park for medical check-ups.

According to the director of the Katraj snake park, the snake appears to be fine, even though an old injury was found on its back. It will be release in the nearby forest after the recovery.

The World Conservation Union (also known as IUCN) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) list all species of pythons as vulnerable and one subspecies of the Indian python as endangered. Python skins are exported from parts of Asia and Africa, mainly from animals killed in the wild. Pythons are also eaten as food in some areas. Some local populations routinely kill wild pythons out of fear.

Pythons have become popular in the United States as exotic pets, including large species such as the Burmese python. Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons have been imported into the United States and sold to private owners.

Captive breeding of pythons for the pet trade generates millions of dollars in the United States and Europe. The colorful and unusual skin patterns and generally docile nature of some species are seen as attractive qualities. Even a relatively small python is a powerful animal, however, and pet pythons occasionally strangle people if the snakes are mishandled or stressed. Any python over 3 m (10 ft) long needs at least two people for safe handling.

Source:The Times Of India [timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/7-ft_rock_python_found_in_Pune_flat/articleshow/3616719.cms#write]

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