Monday, 5 January 2015

Pulling on a Python

This guy is pulling on a Python's tail. I kid you not....

And this is the Python, pre-pull:

My best guess is that this is a Burmese Python, although it might possibly be a Reticulated Python. Either way it's not welcome. The Burmese Python grows to six metres long and the reticulated Python grows to ten. Both are extremely dangerous to humans. The specimen in the photo is a little less than three metres long, but strong, stubborn, defiant, and not in the least bothered by our presence.

The guy moved it on, humanely, because the people who were working with him were very bothered by it being in such close proximity to them. So would I have been!

This blog post is linked to Nature Notes blog hop. Do pop over and take a look at it.


stevebethere said...

Well he is a lot braver than me heheh!

Have a great 2015 and thanks for waltzing by :-)

Sandee said...

I wouldn't be messing with that snake. Oh no I wouldn't.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

bettyl-NZ said...

I'm so glad we don't have any snakes here in New Zealand! That guy is pretty brave.

eileeninmd said...

Oh no, that is creepy.. I am glad it was moved.. I hope for good! Have a great day!

Karen said...

Yikes! I am not afraid snakes, except for the ones that are dangerous!

Derek said...

Thanks everyone for your interest in this post.

You're right in that the guy was/is very brave, not least because he was very concerned about tackling this animal. He proceeded very cautiously. I was very impressed by his prowess and technique.

Nowadays most snakes don't bother me much. We encounter them all the time, and many are poisonous. But pythons bother me a lot.

This one has not moved far from where it was dragged to. I know that because we often see animals startled and afraid near where it was left.
Pythons are lazy and lethargic ambush predators. They don't go far if they're near a good "food" source.

Rambling Woods said...

I read your comment too... I was surprised that he didn't kill it, not that I think,he should. I know that Florida has a problem with these snakes after they were released by someone. I guess you can be lazy when you are a top predator.... Michelle from Nature Notes

Derek said...

Michelle from NN,

Thanks for your comment. Thanks too for your delightful and fun blog hop.

This guy does sometimes kill snakes, and maybe other animals too (I don't know). He seems to decide on a case by case basis i.e. "Do I need to kill it?"
I adopt a similar attitude, although I doubt that I would ever tackle a python.

In this case his balanced judgement seemed to be that in the company of so many other humans the python posed no real threat to him. Also it had no interest in him. He disturbed the python, not vice versa. I can understand that argument and I have some sympathy with it.

His co-workers wanted him to kill python. In his position I would have killed it because:-
We know that this creature has been around for at least a couple of months now and that it is unlikely to move on in the foreseeable future. But it will get bigger. It is not in the least afraid of humans and is living very close to several dwellings. It is already large enough to easily kill an adult. The danger that it poses to the children in the area is quite unthinkable.

There are very few animals that I would kill merely because they're too close to human settlements and that they won't be moved on, but pythons are one such animal - actually the only one of all the animals that we encounter.

Rambling Woods said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog. I am wondering where you are located as I don't have your country listed I don't think...

My late friend was a wildlife rehabber and I learned a lot from her about nature and it really changed how I viewed hawks and other predators. How I have to use snap traps as a protection in our house from white footed mice that carry disease, but the snap trap is the most humane.

I would probably be very uncomfortable about a huge snake like that. Relocating I have learned is never good for the animal relocated or for the resident population as a risk factor for spreading disease.

But that this guy considers what to do is admirable. Here one of my neighbors would take huge snapping turtles and let them out on the thruway risking humans in cars that may try to avoid hitting them. I had to educate them on the turtle and that they are protected. I hate watching waterfowl get taken every season, but it is the way it is.

I loved your comment and your connection to nature and that is what I try to do on the blog since 2007.. Happy to have met you...Michelle

Derek said...

Hi Michelle

Thanks for your kind and obviously well considered comments.

I'm pleased to have met you too.

Best wishes, Derek