Slithering Invaders: The Growing Presence of Pythons in Neighborhoods

PYTHONS don’t show up only during the nights as some folks in SS19 Subang Jaya found out at noon today.

Just as they were cleaning up a corner beside the SS19/7 flats, several residents were caught by surprise when they bumped into a python enjoying its midday siesta.

The reptile was obviously hiding away from the heat of the Sun and found the undergrowth the perfect spot for its purpose.

A quick call to the SS17 Fire & Rescue Department solved the encounter with the python. Firemen who arrived speedily caught the snake and took it away from the location.

Have you ever wondered why we seem to have so many incidences of python encounters in Subang Jaya?

Pythons are drawn into neighborhoods for a variety of reasons, primarily due to their adaptability, availability of food sources, and favorable environmental conditions. Here are some key factors that draw pythons into neighborhoods:

  1. Climate: Pythons are cold-blooded reptiles, and they are drawn to warm environments. The temperature provides an ideal habitat for these snakes to thrive.
  2. Food availability: Pythons are opportunistic predators and will consume a wide range of prey, including small mammals, birds, and reptiles. In urban and suburban areas, there is often an abundance of rodents and other small animals, providing a steady food source for the pythons.
  3. Shelter and hiding spots: Neighborhoods can offer pythons plenty of places to hide and seek shelter. Overgrown vegetation, empty lots, and drainage areas provide suitable hiding spots for the snakes to avoid human detection and find a safe place to rest.
  4. Breeding opportunities: When pythons successfully establish themselves in an area with ample food and shelter, they may breed and reproduce, leading to a population increase in the neighborhood.
  5. Human activity: Pythons are opportunistic and can adapt to human-altered landscapes. Human activities, such as landscaping, construction, and agriculture, can inadvertently create suitable habitats for these snakes, allowing them to move into residential areas.
  6. Pet trade and accidental releases: Invasive python populations in some regions can be traced back to the pet trade. Some individuals purchase pythons as pets, but when they become too large or difficult to care for, some owners release them into the wild, contributing to the spread of the invasive species.
  7. Lack of natural predators: In regions where pythons are invasive, they may lack natural predators that would help control their population. This allows them to thrive and expand their range more easily.

It’s important to note that while pythons can become problematic in certain areas, they are not inherently aggressive towards humans. However, they can pose a threat to local wildlife and even pets in their new habitat.

In Subang Jaya, pythons are frequently spotted in monsoon drains and sewage lines. In some instances, they are also known to make an appearance in toilets. Thus, it would be prudent to look into your toilet bowl first before proceeding further to answer nature’s call.