A python is large heavy-bodied non-venomous snake killing prey by constriction and asphyxiation.
The snake was first knocked by a local identified as Théophile Mbarushimana, the Head Teacher of Groupe Scolaire Mucucu who was riding a motorbike on Monday 28th June 2021 whereafter herdsmen intervened to kill the python.
“I was riding slowly but the snake was crawling fast from nearest bushes that I did not spot it. I was scared after knocking such a gigantic snake but herdsmen around immediately killed it. They slit open the belly and found a devoured goat inside,” he told IGIHE.
Residents have revealed that the 5-meter snake has been living nearby a pond known as ‘Ku Cyamusenyeri’.
Innocent Ndagijimana, one of tourist guides in Akagera National Park has told IGIHE that the gigantic snake is a ‘python’.
“It is a python. Such species live in warm environment where they can found small animals. After devouring preys, they often move to drink water from nearby lakes, rivers and ponds,” he revealed.
Ndagijimana explained that the park is home to a large number of pythons often spotted drinking water from Lake Ihema.
He said that it takes the snake at least 5 days to digest and move after swallowing a prey.
Kayonza is among districts in the surroundings of Akagera National Park.
The executive secretary of Murundi sector, Jackline Mutesi has told IGIHE that farmers in the area have been missing small livestock and failed to track whereabouts.
She highlighted that they might have been devoured by such snakes or other wild animals from the park.