Rare python rescued in Hooghly district

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Hooghly (West Bengal), Jan 16 (ANI): A rare endangered reticulated python, rescued recently, is being treated by an NGO in Hooghly district.

People, who were trying to catch fish, caught the python, aged 15-16 years and around 15.8 feet long, from a pond.

Bishal Sautra, an NGO member, said that they were shocked to find a reticulated python here, which was very rare.

"We were shocked to find a reticulated python and as you know that reticulated pythons are very rare and they are endangered. We find reticulated pythons in very few parts of northeastern India and as per the confirmed reports reticulated pythons are there in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," said Sautra.

"So the python has been treated here and has been given a medical check up and the veterinary surgeon here has suggested that the python should be kept here for seven more days," he added.

The veterinary surgeon here has recommended for at least seven days hospitalization for the injured python.

Reticulated python is a species of python found in Southeast Asia.

Like all pythons, they are non-venomous constrictors and normally not considered dangerous to humans, even though large specimens are powerful enough to kill an adult and attacks are occasionally reported. (ANI)

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