Police officers confuse python snake with python and release exotic snake from Asia in forest in DF; watch video | Federal District

A team from the Environmental Military Police Battalion (BPMA) released, in a forested area in the Federal District, a python snakeexotic species from Asia, after mistaking the animal for a boa constrictor (see video above). The case took place on Wednesday (6), in Gama.

The snake, of more than 2 meters longwas found near the Balão do Periquito. The corporation reported that the team analyzed the animal and, as it appeared to be in good condition, it was released. The video of the moment was released to the press.

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However, on the internet, profiles of snake admirers pointed out the error, which was confirmed by the PM this Friday (8). In a statement, the corporation said that it is now looking for the animal again. (see further below).

“The Battalion, together with the Zoo and other environmental agencies, is already looking for the Píton”, says the text.

Snake is released into the wild by BPMA military police — Photo: PMDF/Reproduction

The snake rescue video was shared by the PM on Wednesday night. At the time, the corporation reported that it received a call to pick up the animal, which was on the track. The Environmental Battalion said that it was a boa constrictor, and that it was released in a nearby forest.

However, on social media, the video reverberated among profiles dedicated to reptiles and environmental preservation. In a post, a biological science student at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) Matheus Reis, who maintains the “Legião Escamada” profile, warned that the snake is actually a python.

“The snake in question is a python (Python bivittatus) Asian snake with a huge invasive potential, totally harmful to our fauna”, he said.

Matheus also said that the situation could have been avoided if “a prepared biologist was responsible for this type of action”. For him, instead of being released into the woods, the snake should have been taken to a zoo or conservation institute.

The profile “A vida no Cerrado”, a civil society movement in defense of environmental preservation, also criticized the action. The post cited that this species became a problem in the United States after proliferating in the wild.

According to the international press, in Florida’s Everglades National Park, the species has become a problem by unbalancing the ecosystem. Populations of rabbits, wolves and skunks have drastically reduced or almost disappeared because the animals became food for the pythons.

According to the Military Police, the snake was “extremely calm, indicating that it was bred in captivity”. In a note after the confusion, the corporation said that “the Environmental Policing Battalion performs a work of excellence which has resulted in high levels of productivity”.

“With the support of the Center for Triage and Rehabilitation of Wild Animals (Cetas) and often counting on the goodwill of private clinics, the battalion manages these animals in an attempt to save everyone so that they return healthy to their homes. natural habitat.”

See the company’s full statement below:

“The Military Police of the Federal District, through the Environmental Policing Battalion, performs excellent work which has resulted in high productivity rates. In the first three months of 2022 alone, 126 snakes were rescued. In 2021 there were 512 snakes.

With the support of the Center for Triage and Rehabilitation of Wild Animals (Cetas) and often counting on the goodwill of private clinics, the battalion manages these animals in an attempt to save everyone so that they return healthy to their habitat. Natural.

The Battalion, together with the Zoo and other environmental agencies, is already looking for the Píton. We inform that the aforementioned snake was extremely calm, indicating that it was bred in captivity. We emphasize that some states are already authorizing the trade of this animal.”

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