By Omobolanle Kougbe
Residents of Greenland Estate in the Mende, area of Maryland, Lagos, were alarmed by three 30-foot-long pythons, which invaded the neighbourhood.
The reptiles were reported to have been caught and killed by security guards in the area. The incident raised fear among residents.
The Estate’s vice chairman, Sola Adekoya, blamed the invasion on the canals overgrown with seaweeds. He also said the incident was not the first, as many of such reptiles had been killed in previous times.
“We have seen more than 15 pythons this year alone; the guards kill them regularly. The reason is that the canals are overgrown and the snakes always hide under the canals. We need government’s intervention on time to avoid any tragedy.” He said.
Adewale Adeoye, a visitor to the area, urged government to create a wildlife park for reptiles adding that it could generate income for the state.
He said, “These snakes are worth a fortune abroad. The Lagos State Government should conduct a wildlife survey in order to preserve threatened animals and plants.”
Meanwhile, the snakes were reported to have been put up for sale at N10,000 each by the security guards in the area.