A four-meter albino python snake was captured this Thursday at Fonte Benémola, in Querença, Loulé, after citizens alerted the Institute for Nature and Forest Conservation (ICNF), the institute's regional director told Lusa.
According to Lusa Joaquim Castelão Rodrigues, the alert arrived "around 4 pm" and a patrol of nature watchers from the Ria Formosa Natural Park was sent to the site, in the district of Faro.
According to the official, it was popular that “they were walking on a pedestrian path next to Fonte Benémola” that saw the animal, alerting the authorities, “to whom they sent a video, to witness the encounter and the real size of the reptile”.
After searching the site, the surveillance patrol “managed to capture the specimen”, confirming the data of the walkers and measuring the size of “four meters”.
The animal will "stay overnight at the ICNF facilities" at Quinta de Marim, in Olhão, until a place is found where it can be treated, he said.
We will look for a solution for the snake, see who can afford it, a zoo here in the Algarve, or perhaps in Lisbon, ”said Joaquim Castelão Rodrigues.
Advancing that it was not possible to ascertain the origin of the animal, that responsible underlined that, being an exotic and albino animal, normally kept in captivity, there is a “great probability that it was released” by a citizen, due to its size.
Python snakes are native to the African and Asian continents and classified as exotic animals, but appreciated by some people as pets and kept in captivity. None of the snakes in this family have poison-inoculating teeth, however, they have sharp tusks curved inward to grab their tusks.
Depending on the species, its length can vary between four to six meters.