LRT depot yields 2 large pythons in 2 days

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Two pythons, caught from the junkyard of the Light Rail Transit 1 depot in Quezon City, are placed in a cage. (Photo from the Twitter account of LRT spokesperson Hernando Cabrera)

MANILA, Philippines—Two pythons measuring 13.2 feet and 10 feet were recovered from the junkyard of the Light Rail Transit 1depot in Pasay City on Friday and Saturday morning.

While he was clearing  a grassy area at the LRT 1 depot on Friday morning, tracks maintenance officer Ricky Tubongbanua said a snake suddenly appeared in front of him.

“I was shocked when the python’s head came out from the tall grasses. I thought it was going to attack me but it instead tried to jump away from where I was standing,” Tubongbanua told the Inquirer in an interview.

The maintenance officer captured the big snake before it could move to the area near the engineering building of the LRT 1 tracks maintenance center.

Tubongbanua said he had to ask the  help of five  co-workers to carry and transfer the 13.2-foot-long snake to their work station inside the depot.

The next morning, a more aggressive but shorter snake was found by Tubongbanua’s team at the same spot where the first python was caught. The LRT 1 officers estimated the second snake to be about 10 feet long.

“We think these two pythons are mates since we found a nest in the area with cat bones and snake skin,” Tubongbanua said, noting that they  found two small pythons inside the LRT 1 depot two months ago.

LRT spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said on his Twitter account that the snakes surfaced most probably because they were disturbed by the cleaning activity.

Cabrera pointed out that the  snakes were found in an area far from where employees are stationed.

The spokesperson said that the pythons will be turned over to the Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Monday.

LRT officials said on radio and television earlier there was no way the snakes could have found their way into the trains.

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  • akoombulator

    snake tried to jump but failed… certain body parts needed were missing

  • ever green

    siguro dapat i-check nila ang malacanan….. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

      I agree, lots of snakes in Malacanang terrorizing our people. The president should be aware of that.

      You’re sleeping with snakes, Mr President.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    “LRT officials said on radio and television earlier there was no way the snakes could have found their way into the trains.”

    Are you sure? Sa makina nga ng kotse naglulunga ang mga ahas, sa tren pa.

    It’s time to clean the depot.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Philippines is a snake’s country, as snake’s eating mostly rats,

    where you have rats there are snake’s, not only Python’s, mostly Cobra !

    In countries where no rat’s in sight, it’s mean one rat for each inhabitant,
    if time to time one can be observed, it’s mean there are two rat’s for each inhabitant !

    Let you guess hoe many rats in the Philippines, how much food for snake’s ? Plenty !

    More rats mean more snake’s.

    Snake’s are very useful, as rats carrying deadly sickness !

    Make your choice !

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FFVPH2R22XWJ3Z6QOP3WBA6KA4 EC

      Is this a prose or a verse?

    • bugoybanggers

      How about PYTHONS eating CROCODILE? Baka pwede tayong mag BREEDING ng SAWA na kakain ng mga BUWAYA para paramihin at pakawalan natin sa CONGRESS, SENATE, lahat ng kagawaran ng Gobierno, Malakanyang o kahit sa kapulisan. Ano kaya? Baka makatulong para mabawasan o maubos ang mga BUWAYA? Hindi kaya baka wala ng matira sa mga tanggapan na iyan. Hala sige mga ZOOLOGIST ng PILIPINAS ihanda na ninyo ang HI-BREED na SAWA laban sa mga BUWAYA ng bayan.

    • Si mo

      NEW YORK HAS MORE RATS AND THEY ARE NOT JUST RATS, THEY’RE LIKE CATS OR LARGER THAN CATS.  SO, ARE THESE TONS OF SNAKES IN NEW YORK. YOU BET, THEY’RE ALL OVER THE STREETS OF NEW YORK !!!

  • OFWs – symptom of sick economy

    that means maintenance is required not only when needed but regularly same as a lot of Philippine areas. You don’t call areas as greeneries when there are pythons there. they should be trimmed.

  • bugoybanggers

    How about PYTHONS eating CROCODILE? Baka pwede tayong mag BREEDING ng SAWA na kakain ng mga BUWAYA para paramihin at pakawalan natin sa CONGRESS, SENATE, lahat ng kagawaran ng Gobierno, Malakanyang o kahit sa kapulisan. Ano kaya? Baka makatulong para mabawasan o maubos ang mga BUWAYA? Hindi kaya baka wala ng matira sa mga tanggapan na iyan. Hala sige mga ZOOLOGIST ng PILIPINAS ihanda na ninyo ang HI-BREED na SAWA laban sa mga BUWAYA ng bayan.

  • imongredneck

    Snakes avoid crowd, and attacks only when they feel threatened.

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