Over the years a few very large snakes have found their way onto our property. This is not such a surprise since our property is quite large and we have natural areas and ponds where they can live quite comfortably feasting on rats and other rodents.
They only become a problem when they decide to move into areas we inhabit.
A few days ago, the little kids came running and said they saw a “SO BIG” snake crawl into an opening in the wall which leads to the laundry room. For about a week last year, that room provided shelter for a so big snake and after exterminating all the mice and rats, it moved on.
After searching the laundry room, we never found the snake -which could have been hiding behind a large wooden unit. If it was indeed in there, in the safety of the night, it left that temporary sanctuary and slithered into the garden and, tired of snacking on rodents, it feasted on one of our chickens.
That is where our staff found it, an indeed SO BIG Reticulated Python, with an unmistakable chicken bulge about half way down it’s long length.
- Reticulated Python’s are not venomous and seldom bite, but choose to suffocate their victim by wrapping themselves around it.
- They are native to Southeast Asia and can swim long distance and have been found on islands.
- Generally this species has shown that females grow much larger than males in respect to size and weight.
- The average female can grow up to 6.09m and 90 kg in contrast to the male which averages about 4.5m long and up to 45 kg.
- They are known to occupy areas which tend to have a source of water present or nearby.
They gathered it up the passive in a rice sack and took it to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center which is fortunately only about 30 minutes from us. At the Phnom Tamao, they accept snakes such as this one and then periodically release them in an unpopulated area. And with the looks of their holding pen, we are not the only ones who have visitors who over extended their welcome.
But don’t worry, a large snake siting is not the norm, so please visit when traveling allows. And if you are scared, I can have a little one protect you.