Residents in Thailand’s Chachoengsao hamlet were astounded to see a 3m long python curled tightly on the top of an electric pole, nestled among the wires. According to numerous neighbours, the snake crawled up the power pole to chase down and eat the bird. The three-meter-long python climbed to the top of the power pole, then lay down and refused to move. Fearing a fire, the electrician struggled for two hours to free the tenacious animal from the knotted cords.
The whole electrical system in Chachoengsao was immediately shut down, and rescuers were dispatched to the spot to remove the obstinate animal from the pole. Attempting to extricate a 3-meter-long python stuck in the theater pole 4 Despite the rescuers’ best efforts, the python seemed dead set on encircling the power pole. Rescuers were able to bring the python to the ground without harming the power cables after a two-hour tussle.
The python was then taken away and released in an abandoned area distant from people’s houses. People have made “dresses” out of iron, mesh, and a variety of other materials to decorate Thailand’s high-voltage poles because there are too many pythons and snakes writhing and entrenched on these poles, causing damage to the equipment and numerous short-circuits. For pythons and snakes hunting for a warm, humid environment to feed, high-voltage pylons are one option. Birds, mice, and other small creatures can be hunted by them.
This lizard, however, finds it difficult to find its way down when crawling up due to its poor vision, and they have established themselves as a menace to people’s daily electricity supply. Thais have attempted to install “skirts” on power poles in order to induce pythons and snakes to turn their heads due to the impediments. This approach is currently widely used in rural areas with a large number of animals. Thais handled the problem of snakes and pythons creeping up electricity poles by “wearing skirts” made of various materials, which also solved the problem of “falling from the sky.”