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Biosecurity Team Investigates Snake Species

BAF acting CEO: The snake was more than likely to be a Pacific/Fiji Boa which is common in the region.
22 Oct 2019 11:54
Biosecurity Team Investigates Snake Species
Pacific Boa snake.

 

The snake that was caught at Simla in Lautoka is more than likely to be a Pacific/Fiji Boa (candoia bibroni), however, authorities have yet to confirm this.

The snake was spotted on October 19 in Simla by Shakuntala Singh and it has since aroused interest among many in the area.

The snake was sighted feeding on a bird.

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) acting chief executive officer, Surend Pratap, said the authority was aware and a team was sent to investigate.

He said the authority had received other calls regarding sightings of snakes but did not elaborate further.

“Somebody had brought to our attention the snake found at Simila in Lautoka,” Mr Pratap said.

“We went to the scene, but the Police were already there and took control of it. Today (yesterday), our Lautoka team will be investigating if it is a native species.”

Mr Pratap added the snake was more than likely to be a Pacific/Fiji Boa which is common in the region.

“We have attended to it but basically all of it are locals ones, the Pacific Boa,” he added.

“I am confident that it must be the same species which is native to Fiji and it shouldn’t be an issue. We will confirm it later.”

The Fiji Boa is a non-venomous snake found in Melanesia and some parts of Polynesia. It can measure from 60 centimetres to 1.8 metres.

Edited by Percy Kean

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