A 24.6 feet (7.5 meters) reticulated python died few days it was captured in a construction site in Paya Terubong on the Malaysian island of Penang.
Shazree Mustapha, public relations officer at Malaysia’s Civil Defense Force, told reporters the snake “died on her own.” “Maybe she committed suicide,” he said. “Maybe she felt threatened so she killed herself.”
However, Kenneth Krysko, the herpetology collection manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History rebutted the claims the snake committed suicide saying “A snake wouldn’t kill itself. I don’t even know how it would do it.” Krysko added that that the snake likely died due to mishandling.
Photos and video circulated online showing members of Malaysia’s Civil Defense Force moved the animal taping its mouth shut, and making a noose around its neck. At one point, one of the workers is seen kicking the snake.
Krysko commented that there is no reason to put a noose or tape its mouth shut. He adds “All you have to do is hold on to the back of the head and it’s not going to bite you.” Large pythons often avoid people in the wild and attacks are extremely rare. Few recorded incidents of death are usually result of mishandling snakes. The best thing to do is to leave the animal alone and call the wildlife authorities.
Reticulated pythons live in tropical forests throughout Southeast Asia, particularly near water. The animal has been hunted for its meat and gall bladders, which are used in traditional medicines.
Source: National Geographic