In wake of the coronavirus lockdown, shops across Kerala were shut for over a month. Since then, there had been little or no activity on the streets. This allowed creatures – both small and big – to reclaim what was once their territories. There had been reports aplenty from various corners of the state.
The latest among the visitors is a 3-metre long python. Weighing about 24kg, this nonvenomous snake was found in a jewellery shop in Payyanur in Kerala's Kannur district. Forest officials, who were called to the scene, believe that it had gone in to lay eggs and incubate.
The snake was caught and shifted to a sanctuary. Twenty eggs have been found. Officials will take measures to incubate the eggs. They are expected to hatch in two months time.
Earlier, a small Indian civet was seen crossing the road in Meppayur town in Kozhikode district. Exotic birds were also seen in the eastern regions of Kollam district.