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Shock as 3-meter python strays into homestead

04 June 2014, 12:27 Oduor Omondi

Migori - A family in Uriri sub-County of Migori County woke up to a rude shock Tuesday when they found a three-meter long python in their homestead.

Lucas Owiro said the snake, which was later named 'Omieri' after the python from Nyakach area in Nyando District that made newspaper headlines years back, was discovered in a hole next to his house.

“I had just woken up to start my daily chores when I heard a loud hiss from a hole near my house,” he recalled.

“But when I peeped into the hole, I saw the huge serpent relaxing. I was quite terrified since I had never seen such a big snake in my life,” he added.

Owiro said he quickly informed his neighbours and later alerted the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) officials to collect the reptile.

However, the family and the impatient villagers waited in vain for the KWS officials to pick up the snake forcing them to kill and bury it in a nearby bush.

According to Luo beliefs, the appearance of such a huge snake is a harbinger for good fortune, explained a 90-year-old Maurice Magenga.

Such snakes, Mzee Magenga explained, appeared after prolonged disasters such as drought or famine, adding that she then laid eggs and when they hatched, it symbolized good luck for the people.

However, some residents associated such big serpents including the Nyakach 'Omieri' with witchcraft saying they should not be tolerated a midst human beings.

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