MNS frees entangled python
Late in the afternoon of April 14, 2016, an eight-foot long snake was released back into its natural habitat by the staff of the UP Visayas Museum of Natural Sciences (MNS) together with Ms. Lyncen Fernandez of the UPV Information and Publications Office. The reptile was identified as a reticulated python or Phyton reticulatus. It was found in the morning, entangled in the fishing nets at the back of Pidlaoan Hall, Audio Visual Bldg., College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UPV Miagao campus. Mr. Vicente Noquial, the security guard on duty immediately reported the presence of the snake to MNS. Mr. Leonardo Mooc, museum staff assisted in the rescue of the entangled snake and it was brought to the museum for documentation and examination. The snake, which measures approximately 8 feet long and weighs 6 kilograms, was found to sustain minor bruises due to the entanglement.
The reticulated python has a wide range of species in Southeast Asia, with most snakes kept as pets originating from Indonesia and Malaysia. Different populations are highly variable and have been divided into separate subspecies. On the average, reticulated pythons live 15 to 20 years, with some individual snakes reaching 25 or even 30 years of age. (By: Soledad S. Garibay)