A New Year Brings Two Pythons All in One Day

2012 began on a more exciting note for Central Reservations Office.

Two Southern African Pythons, Python natalensis, Inhlatfu were brought in by Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary neighbours, The Haines, today to our Central Reservations Office.

Their first find was an over 2.5m long python on their farm while cutting grass. Mr Haines and his son brought the reptile  to Big Game Parks’  Central Reservations Office to be safely released onto Mlilwane’s game studded plains.

Big Game Parks’ Game Rangers at Mlilwane collected the python amidst excited Central Reservations staff and released the reptile on the park. Sadly our Marketing Department only managed to get a picture of the snake already in the bag.

This though, was not the last python of the day.

Later on ,around midday, our neighbours brought yet another python they had found on their farm.  This time, our Marketing Department made sure to get the snake on camera.

The smaller python,  about 2.0 m in length,  was found while the Haines were cutting grass again on their farm nearby a litter of kittens. This python was also collected by Big Game Parks’ Rangers and released on Mlilwane’s plains.

The Southern African Python is a large  conspicuous snake that can reach upto 5.0m in length. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats favouring rock and thick bushes near water.

The non-venomous reptile feeds on mammals and birds.It  kills its prey by constriction. It coils itself around the caught prey and tightens its coils thereby causing cardiac arrest to the prey. This python is frequently persecuted by human beings.

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Author: Big Game Parks

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