DENR National Capital Region through its North Field Office (NFO), retrieved two reticulated pythons (Malayopython reticulatus) in Barangay Catmon, Malabon City, and Barangay 167 Llano, Caloocan City on August 13 and 14, 2020.
The snakes were captured by residents of said places and turned-over to their barangay who, in turn, coordinated with the NFO for their safe retrieval.
Reticulated pythons are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia and are considered one of the longest snakes in the world. It lives in rain forests, woodlands, grasslands, rivers and nearby streams, and lakes. Its conservation status is currently listed as Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because of its wide distribution.
The snakes were both turned over to the Wildlife Rescue Center (WRC) of the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in Quezon City for rehabilitation and possible release back in the wild.