22 May

The Borneo Short-Tailed Python on my lawn


I still remember my first breakfast in Kuching, my first in the tropics too; hubby had brought me to a popular coffee shop that served Mee Jawa aka noodles à la javanaise in thick hot curry sauce.  A leap from my usual café au lait et croissants. So how would you spice up your breakfast ?

One of the greatest pleasures (there are quite a few) of living in Ko Ko Wangi, is that I can have breakfast on the terrace while gazing at all the busy birds on the lawn and in the trees. A bun stuffed with butter to dunk into usual café au lait (yeap and still!) may seem rather dull to most Malaysians; add a python to it and it becomes a gourmet’s adventure.

This is how I ended crawling flat on the belian floor, struggling to paste my eye on the view finder of my camera to shoot the large reptile that had gone for shelter underneath a low shelf.

I had to call Tattooed Danson aka Beast Master for help, kidding myself that for once he would let his pray go safely into the nearby jungle. Sadly for the python, it had a ringgit value on it’s back and it’s breakfast call will cost it to end up as soup tonight on a Bidayuh table.

The weird part of the story…

Just last night, I dreamed that a python had found its way to rest on the blade of a ceiling fan (highly-lol- unlikely, I know) and this morning, I found one underneath a shelf where I keep an old picture of me taken years ago, holding a huge, heavy adult python. Now wouldn’t you call this spooky?


Adults have been reported to attain a length of 2.1 m (7 feet), although they are usually no more than 1.2 m (4 feet). Heavy-bodied, they can weigh as much as 13.6 kg (30 lb). Females are generally larger than males. The head is broad with several thermo-receptive pits along the nose. The tail is short and tapering.

The color pattern is usually tan with brown blotching, which varies greatly. Though there have been no reported instances of albinism a few individuals display a significantly lighter color, appearing more yellow than brown. Juveniles have a more contrasting pattern than adults. The head is usually yellow. 


The Borneo short-tailed python is a very agressive snake; this is something I can write from experience!

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