Monday, January 9, 2012

Beware of 2m-long python spotted swimming in Punggol Waterway

Beware of 2m-long python spotted swimming in Punggol Waterway
STOMPer Darren saw a two-metre-long python swimming in the Punggol Waterway.

Said the STOMPer:

"A two-metre-long python was spotted swimming in the Punggol Waterway.

"I am concerned about the safety of the public, especially for the children who play in that area over the weekends.

"The relevant authorities should try to capture it."
Beware of 2m-long python spotted swimming in Punggol Waterway
Beware of 2m-long python spotted swimming in Punggol Waterway
Beware of 2m-long python spotted swimming in Punggol Waterway
Beware of 2m-long python spotted swimming in Punggol Waterway

It's unfortunate to see people harbouring such ignorant and intolerant attitudes, and displaying such paranoia. While the reticulated python (Broghammerus reticulatus) has been implicated in incidents where humans were killed and even consumed, these cases involved exceptionally large specimens. A smaller python might be able to strangle you, but it probably wouldn't have any chance of swallowing an adult human. Any records of smaller pythons attacking people would involve some form of provocation, and self-defence on the snake's part.

Most of our urban pythons are content with preying upon rats, birds, and in the case of the larger individuals, the occasional cat or dog. Small children may be at risk, but I think this emphasises the point about taking care of your children and ensuring that they remain safe in the first place; after all, it's far more likely that a toddler might fall into the waterway and drown , or wander onto the road and get hit by a bus, or eat a poisonous plant, than be eaten by a python.

What's up with people being so irrationally fearful of large reptiles in the water?

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