Karura pythons will not attack humans, team assures

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They Python spotted in Karura forest yesterday. [Photo: Friends of Karura Forest]

After an adult African Rock Python was spotted today inside Karura forest in Nairobi County which is frequented by joggers and nature lovers, people have expressed fears of venturing there.

The frightening reptile was photographed by Friends of Karura Forest Chief Scout John Chege as it crossed the Shady Path near junction 41 raising fears of possible attack but the team protecting the forest has said there is no cause for alarm.

“There is no need for joggers or bikers to worry. Pythons are harmless to people, unless, as with most animals, they are cornered or severely provoked. They are not poisonous at all” the team assured.

Joggers in Karura Forest enjoy the serenity as a bushbuck crosses their path. [Photo: Friends of Karura Forest]
They said it is suspect the severe weather forced the reptile to wander up from Ruaka river in search of food or was either searching for a place to shed off its skin.

“Pythons are harmless to people, unless, as with most animals, they are cornered or severely provoked”.

“The fact that we have not spotted one in several years shows how infrequent and shy they are. Pythons are solitary and typically stay near water” they said.

“Rest assured, if you stay on Karura’s designated trails and don’t wander off-trail along the rivers, the very few snakes will sense your presence through vibrations in their bellies and get quickly out of your way” they advised.

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