Python snake released ‘by mistake’ by PM in DF can cause environmental imbalance; experts explain | Federal District

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Python snake released by mistake by PM in DF can cause environmental imbalance

warning, a PM said he is looking for the animal, 2 meters long (see more below). The problem is that the confusion can cause an environmental imbalance, since the snake has no predators in Brazilas explained by the ecologist and professor of the Biological Sciences course at the Catholic University of Brasília (UCB), Morgana Bruno.

“It is a gigantic risk. It will influence the food chain, because one more animal will compete with our predators and, in addition, the animals of the Cerrado are used to fleeing only the predators typical of the region”, says the professor.

Upon seeing the images, the professor of Biological Sciences at the Federal Institute of Brasília (IFB), Marcos Vitor Dumont Junior, says he believes that it is a burmese python. The snake comes from Southeast and Southwest Asia.

The snake is not poisonousaccording to the teacher. Nonetheless, pythons are able to reproduce on their own(understand below).

“If it happens, it will be a population of pythons, as it has no predators. [no DF]”, says Marcos Vitor Dumont.

Risks for the environment

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

According to Professor Morgana Bruno, the python will feed, for example, on young, small mammals, birds and eggs. Just like the boa constrictor, the exotic species kills prey by constrictionby strangling the animal it limits the blood circulation of the prey.

Morgana explains that, in addition to representing one more predator in nature, the python can trigger the emergence of new diseases in other species.

“When you include an exotic animal, you not only introduce another predator with which to [os animais] are not used to it, but also diseases that can pass to snakes here.”

According to the ecologist, the boa and the python have some similarities. But, for her, the confusion between the two would not occur if the analysis was done by a snake specialist.

Python snake, 40 kg, seized in the surroundings of the DF, in 2020 and taken to the Brasília Zoo — Photo: TV Globo/Reproduction

According to the Brasilia Zoo, the Asian python is considered “one of the largest constrictor snakes in the world”, due to its strength and size. In adulthood, the animal usually reaches about 4.5 meters.

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Though just a snake of the species was released in the Federal District, professor Marcos Vitor Dumont Junior explains that pythons are able to reproduce on their own. The asexual reproduction of the species, called parthenogenesis, it is uncommon, though not rare.

Parthenogenesis is a Greek word meaning “virgin birth”. In biology, it refers specifically to the female asexual reproduction. The phenomenon can be found in plants, insects, fish, reptiles and even birds.

In the case of the python, parthenogenesis is facultative, that is, the animal obtains offspring by having sex or not.. Until the publication of this report there was no information if the snake released in the Federal District is a female.

Piton snake found in Australian home closet

Piton snake found in Australian home closet

According to the Military Police of the Federal District, the python released in the forest is “extremely calm, indicating that it was bred in captivity”. According to Professor Marcos Vitor Dumont Junior, the species is highly sought after by people who want to buy a snake as a pet.

However, Professor Morgana Bruno says that the costs of keeping the snake in captivity are high. One of the reasons is that pythons can live up to 30 years.

“It’s a lot of work. If they can’t take care of it anymore, to get rid of the fine, they end up releasing the animal”, says the ecologist.

According to the Military Police of the Federal District, the commercialization of the python is already being authorized in some Brazilian states. The report questioned Ibama, however, until the last update of this report, the institute had not informed about the authorization for trade.

In a note, after the confusion, the PMDF said that “the Environmental Policing Battalion performs a work of excellence which has resulted in high levels of productivity”.

According to the corporation, “with the support of the Center for Triage and Rehabilitation of Wild Animals (Cetas) and counting, many times, with the goodwill of private clinics, the battalion manages these animals in an attempt to save everyone in a way that return healthy to their natural habitat.”

See the full PMDF note 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 Piton. 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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