Burmese python rescued in Assam
Representational image for Burmese python. Courtesy: Hong Kong Buzz

Burmese Python Weighing 38 kg and 16-Feet Long Rescued in Assam

July 14, 2020

A 16-feet long Burmese python, weighing 38 kilograms, was rescued by forest officials in Assam and released into a forest.

The rescue operation took place on July 11, the video of which was shared by news agency ANI on July 12.

The snake was rescued in the Borghat Chapanala area Nagaon district in Assam.

According to a report in NDTV, the villagers spotted the snake while devouring a pet goat.

A local animal rescuer was called in to capture the snake and after it was rescued, the reptile was released in the nearby Swang Reserve Forest under the supervision of the Forest Department.

The Burmese python is one of the largest specie of snakes found in India and is also one of the five largest in the world.

The Burmese python is a dark-coloured snake with many brown blotches bordered in black down the back.

In the wild, Burmese pythons typically grow to 5 m (16 ft) while specimens of more than 7 m (23 ft) are uncommon.

This species is sexually dimorphic in size; females average only slightly longer but are considerably heavier and bulkier than the males.

They are often found near water, marshy type areas, and are sometimes semi-aquatic, but can also be found in trees.

Wild individuals average 3.7 m (12.1 ft) long but have been known to reach 5.74 m (18.8 ft).

Burmese python occurs throughout Southern and Southeast Asia, including eastern India, South-Eastern Nepal, Western Bhutan, South Eastern Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, northern continental Malaysia, and in southern China in Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, and Yunnan.

It also occurs in Hong Kong, and in Indonesia on Java, southern Sulawesi, Bali, and Sumbawa.

It has also been reported on Kinmen.

The Burmese python is an excellent swimmer and needs a permanent source of water.

There are natural predators of the Burmese python, like the tiger and the king cobra.

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