A man who was caught on video killing a python in April has been fined by the National Parks Board (NParks) in Singapore.

A man who was caught on video killing a python in April has been fined by the National Parks Board (NParks) in Singapore.

"The National Parks Board investigated the case of a man killing a python at Boon Lay Place in April 2023 and has imposed a fine of SGD 1,000 for killing the snake," said Ryan Lee, Director of NParks' Wildlife Management Group, in response to a CNA inquiry on Thursday, November 9th.

Footage of a group of men attacking and killing a python at Boon Lay Place market was posted on social media by the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) on April 18th.

The video shows men hitting a reticulated python with crates and buckets near the market. They can also be seen kicking the reptile and grabbing its tail to drag it along.

One of the men, upon bringing the python to the market, beheads it with a cleaver, killing the creature.

Throughout the video, the laughter of the men can be heard, which Acres said is a screen recording sent in by a concerned member of the public.

Mr. Lee stated that members of the public who encounter snakes in public places and require assistance should call the Animal Response Centre at 1800 476 1600.

"They should observe the snake from a safe distance, remain calm, and step back, giving it space to retreat. Do not approach or attempt to handle the snake," he said.

"Any domesticated animals should also be kept on a leash for their safety."

Mr. Lee added that snakes are generally timid creatures that typically avoid humans.

"They may attempt to defend themselves if they feel cornered or threatened, and they should be left alone," he said.

More detailed information about snakes in Singapore can be found on the NParks website.

Under the Wildlife Act, first-time offenders caught killing wild animals without the approval of the CEO of NParks can face a fine of up to SGD 10,000 or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.