Giant python seized from Victorian property
A large python, believed to be obtained illegally, has been seized from a property in Victoria's west.
The Albino Burmese Python was removed from a Ballarat house yesterday after Conservation Regulator Wildlife Officers, Agriculture Victoria and Victoria Police conducted a search.
Enquiries into where the python came from and how it arrived into Victoria are ongoing, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) said.
9News understands the 2.75-metre long python has now been euthanised.
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Conservation regulator wildlife officer Jared Priestly said the illegal keeping and trading of exotic animals was one of the greatest risks of new pest animals arising in the state and Australia-wide.
"We are always really concerned when we discover an exotic reptile in Victoria due to the enormous threat they pose to Victoria's biodiversity and agriculture," he said.
"Illegally imported animals have the potential to significantly impact our natural environment because of the exotic diseases they may carry."
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Burmese pythons are a large constricting snake native to South East Asia.
They can grow up to five metres long in the wild, however in captivity they can grow even longer.
The DELWP said the snakes were a risk to the public and domestic pets if they escaped or were released.
Possessing illegally imported animals, or their offspring, is a criminal offence with penalties of up to 10 years' jail time and fines reaching $110,000.
To report illegal wildlife trafficking, people are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.