Snakes and caimans displaced by the expansive flooding of the Central Plains are finding their way into the properties of residents and some have already been killed.
On Saturday, a five-foot rainbow boa slithered inside the living-room of a house at Munroe Road, Chaguanas, after the Caroni River burst its banks and flooding hundreds of houses on the Central Plains.
Resident Dave Roopnarine said the snake posed a threat so it was killed and dumped.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a passenger on his way to Barbados attempting to sneak a snake on a plane on Sunday.
TSA agents say the passenger tried to “artfully conceal the snake inside the electronics of a hard drive, which was placed in a checked bag”.
The ‘organic mass’ was detected by baggage screening and then a TSA bomb expert was called to investigate the inside of the electronic component where the baby Python was found.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said yesterday a decision has been made not to interfere with the 12-foot anaconda that was sighted at the Aripo Livestock Station in Aripo. Rambharat said that no livestock at the Aripo farms was under threat and added that “it is normal to have snakes in ponds at the Ministry’s facilities.”
He however, admitted though that in this case the size of the anaconda was “larger than what they usually see.”
A worker at the Aripo Lifestock Station took a short walk to a pond to relieve himself around 10 am Monday when he came across a startling discovery.
A 12-foot anaconda was just about to have itself a meal, on 7-foot caiman and was applying the final act of constriction before it prepared to swallow the animal whole.
The worker called other workers who began recording video via their cell phones.
One of them used a piece of wood to prod at the animals and the anaconda then made an escape leaving the dead caiman.