- A python was found under a car parked outside of a Starbucks in the Philippines Tuesday
- The owner of the vehicle almost brought the python home but was alerted by witnesses
- Guards secured the snake, a reticulated python, and brought it somewhere else
A python was found “hiding” under a car parked outside a coffee shop in the Philippines. This may interest you : Royal Aides ‘Rolled Their Eyes’ At Meghan Markle’s $500K Flashy Baby Shower, Royal Biographer Says.
The incident happened Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a Starbucks in BF Homes Parañaque, a gated community located south of the Philippines’ National Capital Region.
“An uninvited guest found hiding under my car. Was lucky enough people saw it and alerted me or I would have brought it home,” a social media post that was shared by the neighbor of the vehicle’s owner read.
“Good thing BF guards and other passersby helped capture it. BF guard secured it and brought [it] somewhere,” the statement posted on the Alabang Bulletin Facebook page continued.
The author of the post did not specify what kind of snake was pulled out of the car, but the Philippine service of the Coconuts tabloid identified it as a reticulated python.
It was unclear how the snake ended up under the vehicle.
The reticulated python is the world’s longest snake and the world’s longest reptile, according to the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
These snakes “are incredibly powerful animals with huge muscles to both move and eat and constrict,” Stephen Ressel, a professor from the College of the Atlantic in Maine, said, according to a report by USA Today.
Under the Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and Their Categories, the reticulated python is classified as an “other threatened species.”
Any species categorized as such is “not critically endangered, endangered nor vulnerable but is under threat from adverse factors, such as over collection throughout its range,” the DENR explained.
Animals under the other threatened species label also have the tendency to become threatened due to predation, destruction of habitats or other similar causes, according to the department.
In a similar story last November, a woman in Buderim, Australia, discovered two pythons mating behind her microwave.
The woman contacted local snake catchers following the discovery, and the animals were removed from her kitchen without harm and released into a bush.
Footage of the incident was uploaded to Facebook, where it received thousands of comments.