SINGAPORE: A Burmese python has been removed after it was found at an HDB block in Queensway on Wednesday morning (Jul 18).
Tanjong Pagar Town Council said it was informed of the incident at Block 168A Queensway at about 8.20am by a residents' committee chairperson.
The snake was eventually removed by an Agri-Food and Veterinary Agency (AVA) contractor, the town council said.
The snake has been handed over to Wildlife Reserves Singapore, AVA said in response to queries.
"The Burmese python is not native to Singapore and also an unapproved pet species here," AVA said.
The Burmese python is also a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna or Flora (CITES), it added.
The python was discovered near the rubbish chute area behind the block, with resident Annie telling Channel NewsAsia that it had been there for at least an hour and a half since 7am.
"It's just below my block. Another neighbour called Felicia alerted us, so we went to take pictures," she said.
"Some residents placed the rubbish near it so that they don't go near it," she added.
AVA advises members of the public to stay calm should they spot a snake, and not to attack it.
"If the snake is in a room inside your home, take children and pets away from that room and close all the doors and windows except those that lead outside," an advisory posted on AVA's website says. "This is to allow the snake to escape outdoors."
The keeping of wild animals is illegal in Singapore and offenders may be fined up to S$1,000 and the animal confiscated by authorities.
Those who possess, smuggle, sell or advertise illegally imported animals that are protected under CITES may be fined up to S$500,000 and jailed for two years.