“Betina”, a petted Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) for 10 long years was turned over to DENR – CENRO Davao City by its alleged possessor from Catalunan Pequeño, Davao City early this month.
The owner willingly surrendered the continuously growing snake with a weight equivalent to approximately 60-70 kilograms and 3.5 meters in length. He professed that he cannot sustain its needs anymore.
With assistance from the DENR-CENRO Davao City personnel headed by OIC-CENR Officer Marvin D. Parilla, Betina was immediately brought to Davao Crocodile Park, a nature sanctuary in Davao and one of DENR-XI’s conservation partners for safe-keeping and management.
Reticulated Pythons are the world's longest snake and are listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List because of their wide distribution.