Baclayon: Python Prony

Photo: MJE Travel and Tour

The Philippines' largest captive reticulated python (Python reticulatus) or baksan in the native language, is found in Bohol. Prony, a female baksan named after its owner Sofronio Salibay, measures 27 feet (8.23 metres) and weighs more than 300 kg according to a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) estimate.

If the measurement is indeed true, Prony is longer than Fluffy, current titleholder of Guinness Records 2011's longest captive snake. Fluffy, also a reticulated python, lives in Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, USA. When measured in 2009, she was found to be over 24 feet (7.23 metres) long.

Photo: markmaranga.com

Prony was captured in 1996 in Upper Sta Filomena in the town of Albur, where she also lives for more than a decade. Prony lived in an animal sanctuary built by the tripartite partnership of PepsiCo, Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc and the Municipal Tourism Council of Alburquerque (Albur's full name).

When Prony was younger she was fed live chickens and then cats and dogs. Nowadays, Prony's diet consist of a white pig or two goat fed after Prony molts.

Photo: regressivemuse.i.ph

Although Prony is still the main attraction in the mini-zoo, tourists will also be able to see some of Bohol's endemic wildcats like the Malay civet cat, Philippine mongoose and a flying lemur. There is also a cage for Brahminy Kite, Green Heron, hornbill, crakes and rails and a few orioles.

The entrance fee to see Prony in the mini-zoo is at Php 20.

Python Prony
National Highway
Laya, Baclayon (beside Bohol Coconut Palms Resort)
Bohol 6301


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