A video of a 2.5-meter reticulated python being caught after it was found in the living room of an apartment in Singapore on July 12 has gone viral.
Last Thursday, a woman called the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) for help after finding a python in the living room of her Housing and Development Board flat, a subsidized housing unit, at 2 Spooner Road near Jalan Bukit Merah, The Straits Times reported.
A video uploaded to a Facebook page called Talking Singapore shows two men catching the large snake, which wrapped itself around one of the men’s arms. When the second man grabbed the snake and unwound it from the other man’s arm, it urinated on the floor.
The python was then put into a sack and later handed to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore. An AVA spokesman said the public should not approach, disturb, feed or try to catch any wildlife, including snakes. The organization also urged the public to make sure that pets and children were kept away from wild animals.
Reticulated pythons, one of the longest snakes in the world, are found in South Asia and Southeast Asia. They are non-venomous but kill animals or people by coiling around them and choking them. They can swallow prey several times bigger than themselves.