Personnel from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Zamboanga Sibugay and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Imelda retrieves a Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) at Purok Sun Flower, Guinoman, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.
 
Mrs. Wendelyn S. Bation, a resident of the said Barangay, turned over the Reticulated Python to DENR IX personnel.
 
Initial assessment of DENR personnel reveals that the snake has a small wound on its upper lip and weighs 12.892 kilograms with a length of 2.58 meters.
 
The snake is temporarily kept in the Wildlife Holding Facility of PENRO Sibugay for further assessment and recovery.
 
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categorized Reticulated Python as Least Concern but must be protected as it provides natural pest control service that keeps our delicate ecosystem balance.
DENR IX reminds the public that harming and/or keeping wildlife species without a permit is a violation of Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resource Conservation and Protection Act.