5-foot-long Indian Rock Python found at Taj Mahal

This species is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972

Taj Mahal, which is known for its marvellous architecture, attracts lakhs of tourism from all corner of country and world had seen an unforeseen guests on Tuesday morning. In that day some tourism police officials stationed at the West gate of the historical monument, found a 5-foot-long Indian Rock Python at the ticket counter. Following which, they had reported the incident to Wildlife SOS who immediately reached the Taj Mahal premises.


A two-member team had shown up the spot and had taken up with necessary rescue equipment carried out the rescue operation. After ensuring that the police staff were at a safe distance, the rescuers carefully transferred the python to a safe transport carrier. The snake was kept under observation for a few hours and later released in its natural habitat.


The Indian Rock Python (Python molurus) is a non-venomous snake that mostly inhabits mangrove forests, scrub jungles, rainforests and grasslands. They mainly feed on rodents, fruit bats, birds, civets, deer and wild boar and are commonly found in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.This species is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

 

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