Monday, December 22, 2014

A Python (Locally Referred To As "Beklat") Was Caught In Tadian, Mt. Province

The Philippines is among the countries in Southeast Asia known for harboring several species of pythons. Pythons are non-venomous snakes that can be found in almost all corners of the country. Although they are not of great threat to humans because they are non-venomous, they are often killed by locals especially in rural areas because the snakes often prey on chickens and other fowls.

In the following photo, a man is shown holding a fairly-sized python caught in the town of Tadian in Mt. Province. In the background is Mt. Mogao, one of the town's more well-known tourist attractions. Pythons, in the local dialect, are referred to as "beklat".

When sighted, beklats are usually hunted down by the locals and eaten. In most cases, these are served as "pulutan".
Image credit: Nairda Gase via Facebook.
People are often advised by authorities that when they come across rare animals and reptiles such as the python pictured above, they should report it to a concerned agency like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).