A 3.3m-long Natal rock python was found with extreme injuries after a car ran over it at the entrance to Westbrook on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast on Wednesday.
The Ndlondlo Reptile Park was called to the circle at the entrance only to find that the snake had sustained severe internal injuries, North Coast Courier reported.
Reptile park spokesperson Helen Bauermeister said: “We rushed the snake to the Park but she died on the way.”
“We could have save her but she had too much trauma and internal damage. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries. She was later buried,” added Bauermeister.
“The Natal rock python was almost extinct at one point. They have been a protected species for a few years now and there has been a drastic increase in their numbers. With the onset of winter, we do expect to see more of them as they will be looking for food,” she said.
Bauermeister said unlike other snake species, the Natal rock python poses very little danger to people.
“The rock python will not bite unless they are provoked. It is advised that, as with any other animal, people do not make any sudden movements or harm the snake,” she added.
Wolmarans said since the beginning of the year, there have been 11 reported sightings of the rock python in the Dolphin Coast area.
– Caxton News Service