DENR National Capital Region through its South Field Office (SFO), retrieved a reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) in Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City.
The snake measures 12 feet and was found inside the City Animal Pound, Pacwood Compound, in Muntinlupa City, the southernmost part of Metro Manila.
Reticulated pythons are widespread throughout much of Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, it is found in most of its major island groupings, from Basilan, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Polillo, Samar, and Tawi-Tawi.
In terms of conservation efforts, the snake is listed as a species of “Least Concern” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), primarily owing to its wide range and distribution. Human sightings and encounters with the snake are becoming much more frequent over the years because of increasing urbanization and land conversion.
The python was immediately taken to the Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City for proper evaluation and assessment for possible release back into the wild in the future.