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Python found in Galle house with 32 eggs

Much to the horror of the residents of a house in Sri Lanka's south western Galle city, an over 11 feet long python was found camping in their garden along with 32 ready-to-hatch eggs.

world Updated: Jul 11, 2010 17:06 IST

Much to the horror of the residents of a house in Sri Lanka's south western Galle city, an over 11 feet long python was found camping in their garden along with 32 ready-to-hatch eggs.

The 11.5 feet long creature was caught by Galle's wildlife conservation society, following an alarm raised by the people. The wildlife officials also discovered 32 eggs the mother python was protecting.

While the python was taken away to a safe location subsequently, its eggs were successfully hatched at a bio-diversity centre.

Officials working at the centre said as many as 19 hatchlings were born and the wildlife officials released them at a safe location.

Television clips released by the private 'Newsfirst' Channel showed the hatchlings being let off in the forests.

According to the president of the Wildlife Society, Madura De Silva, the python is a harmless snake and the largest snake living in Sri Lanka.

The shrub jungles of the south are teeming with pythons, he said, adding many of them could also be found in the Galle area.

In a similar incident earlier, a 14-feet-long python that crept into a goat pen at Panadura, about 22 kms from Colombo was captured.

The python had killed a goat and was caught by the residents of the area.

The owner of the goat pen said he informed the Dehiwala Zoo about the catch and asked them to take the reptile away.

Sri Lanka boasts of one of the highest specie densities of snakes in the world.

Over 90 species from nine families are represented within the diverse habitats found within the borders of Sri Lanka. Many of these species are found nowhere else in the world.