Python found in house

HARARE - A python measuring almost two metres was found coiling in a sitting room in the bustling town of Chitungwiza yesterday, creating a storm.

Curious residents in Unit H pulled down the perimeter fence and almost brought the  house down in a frenzied effort to kill the snake, which they linked to black magic.

Had it not been for the swift intervention by the police and soldiers, house number 5217 in the dormitory town, 30km south of Harare, would be history by now.

A 15-year-old girl found the gigantic python in the sitting room.

“I was about to sweep the dining-room when I saw the huge snake under the table,” she said.

“I was shocked that for a moment I struggled to say a word. After some few minutes I managed to tiptoe my way out and told tenants here who could not believe me at first."

“My mother is in the rural areas but she left yesterday but not before she had swept the room herself. There was no snake in here yesterday which could mean that this creature only got in today.”

Police officers struggled to the control crowd in Unit H. The house owner, a member of the Johane Masowe apostolic sect, was not present when the incident occurred as she was reportedly in her rural home.

Police had to call members of National Parks and Wildlife to take custody of the snake.

Comments (25)

Inguva yekunaya kwemvura dzinofamba chaizvo

misheck gwatida - 21 November 2013

daindrini ndakabva ndaom

momblow - 21 November 2013

Poor wild life , this animal was hungry and it got lost and ended up in a house in a township and people say it is black majic. Can a snake be trained to do black majic and has it got brains to get instuctions from a human to do black majic? This black majic thing is a myth from folklore stories which we used to hear when we were toddlers. Myths are all in the mind, they are imaginations from our human minds which conjure up all sorts of weird thoughts about wild animals. Leave wild life alone because these animals are innocent and all they are doing is looking for food and a dry place to hide from the rain and it got lost and ended up in somebody's house, also the Seke area is close to forests where wild animals live , so it is not a surprise to see these animals come close to where humans live. Humans are multiplying very fast and they are now clearing the forests which used to be the habitats of wild animals where wild animals used to live, so wild animals end up in people's homes because of lack of habitat , then the animals cause conflict with humans, then they get labled "black majic." Poor wild animals ! ! ! !

Wood Pigeon - 21 November 2013

I agree with wood pigeon.people should learn to keep calm and not erupt into a frenzy-look at the logical explanations first then take action.

pj - 21 November 2013

Zimbabweans are such a horribly superstitious lot. Why can't people learn the behaviour of wild animals which are plenty in their country. All they think is witchcraft. Even when a relative dies of Aids, Zimbabweans spend so much money paying n'angas to smell out the witch. A simple car accident is interpreted as being caused by witchcraft. It is a sign of the lack of self-analysis which is typical of Zimbabwean behaviour. Everything is blamed on external causes, not personal mistakes. This is a serious individual and social illness.

Chenjerai Hove - 21 November 2013

Urban population growth has led to pressure on the environment. The clearance of vegetation in urban areas to allow land developments is unprecedented. This has resulted in habitat loss, fragmentation and biodiversity loss. The animals thus move in search for conducive environs and thus end up in our homes. The misguided perception that snakes entering homes is a sign of withcraft should not always hold water if we embrace environmental dynamics in our thoughts.

Caxton Mupita - 21 November 2013

Let's accept the behaviour of animals in the context that these creatures are just animals. The presence of a repitile in a house has no direct link whatsoever with acts of witchcraft. It might have lost track of its intended prey or might have been forced by other natural factors to seek temporary shelter. Look here guys, it's raining and the snake finds itself in a suburb in pursuit of prey. It feels the cold and decides to seek warmth in your shelter coz of the total silence obtaining at that particular time in your house. It obviously enjoys the moment not knowing the crime of housebreaking. These are not people. Juss my assessment.

dobbs one-four - 21 November 2013

However, black magic is still very real and should not be ruled out in this matter.

Nyangani - 21 November 2013

Not wanting to rule out the dark arts but sadly for our people its the First that comes to mind. Worse still for a lot of then its the ONLY thing that comes to mind. We seem to forget that God did not create man alone, He also created these much "hated" animals. The only thing that some only want is to kill them at any given opportunity forgetting that we are the ones allocating ourselves "stands" on any peace of unused land, every wetland available and and any ground found to be growing grass and indigenous trees. Where do we expect them to go? Kudenga?

sayer - 21 November 2013

pyhtons are not poisonous at all. Habiatat encroachment by humans explains such incidences. vanhu vanogara ne huku nemazai,imbwa for instance chinova chikafu cheshato. mutemo haubvumire kuti shato iuraiwe (Parks & Wildlife Act).

shiridzezimbabwe - 22 November 2013

Panic and hysteria from the uneducated jobless masses.Witches, goblins and black magic one wonders what century we are in.The terrifying thing is those people vote!!

cloud - 22 November 2013

Snakes are creatures created by God. But it is rather not easy to quickly accept an entrance like that of a snake in your house. But I still think its all natural.

Pure Delight - 22 November 2013

Lets think out of the box

joseph - 23 November 2013

How did it enter the house. Im suspicious such a big snake enters a house and nobody sees it even neighbours until it enters a house and the house was coincidentally open at the time. Johane Masowe?????

liberty - 23 November 2013

Liberty ndimi munopwanya dzimba dzevanhu muchiti suspicious suspicious, snakes are all over and its possible it sneaked into the house. If it was un natural hayabatwa neve parks kana.

Maita Manyuka - 23 November 2013

Python Facts Python Pythons are one of the largest snakes. Unlike many other snake species, pythons don't produce venom - they are non-venomous snakes. Pythons live in the tropical areas of Africa and Asia. They can be found in rainforests, savannas and deserts. A lot of people keep them as pets. Pythons don't attack humans, unless they are provoked or stressed. Interesting Python Facts: Pythons are constrictors. They kill their prey by squeezing them until they stop breathing. After they kill an animal, they will swallow it in one piece. Everything except fur and feathers will be digested. Undigested material can be found in the python's poop. Size of the prey determines the time needed for digestion. Bigger prey can keep the snake satiated for weeks or months. Pythons eat 4-5 times per year. They eat wild animals such as monkeys, antelopes, caimans… Pythons attack their prey from the ambush. They are well camouflaged and hidden usually in the trees. Although they are mainly located on the ground or in the trees, pythons are excellent swimmers. Colors of the python's skin are usually similar to the colors of its habitat. Snakes blend easily with their environment. People kill pythons because of their beautiful skin that is used in fashion industry. Pythons have heat-sensing organs which help them locate the prey. Female lays 12-36 eggs. She protects eggs and keeps them warm by coiling her body around them. When babies hatch, mother leaves the nest. Young snakes need to look after themselves from the first day. Pythons are cold-blooded animals, but they can increase their body temperature through sunbathing. One of the longest known python species is Reticulated Python which can reach 30 feet in length. Most snakes weigh between 260-300 pounds. Pythons can move 1 mile per hour on the flat ground. In captivity, pythons may live up to 40 years. Well, nothing to cause a frenzy!

Legent Killer - 23 November 2013

Lets not rush to black magic, Inotambika guyz this could be just a snake inenge ichitsvagao tumakonzo yozongopedisira yapinda muDen

Pervin Chuka - 26 November 2013

Dai iri imwe nyoka maybe we could raise suspicion as snakes are mostly associated with witch craft, but on python no, a very big No! Python can only manifest as a demon from the sea, never in its phyical life time would it be used for juju by humankind. During its lifetime python is very innocent and am sure its the only snake that respects mankind except when its provoked or its stressed unlike other snakes. The time of the season again renders the entrence in the house so natural that suspecting a spiritual foul play its being economic with reason and logic. Ngatidzore tsvimbo guys gudo rabata kumeso.

Tichaona Revai Sithole - 27 November 2013

munhu wenyama haapembedzwi only GOD knows and ndiye chete anotichenesa nokuti ndiye zvekare zvakavanzika zvedu zvose.

edward dzvuke - 27 November 2013

zvinotyisa, tinorarama nenyasha

evelyn mhlanga - 27 November 2013

zvinotyisa, tinorarama nenyasha

evelyn mhlanga - 27 November 2013

zvinotyisa, tinorarama nenyasha

evelyn mhlanga - 27 November 2013

chii chinoshamisa pakuona nyoka iri mumba. this time of the year nyoka dzinofamba zvakanyanya.

mukadota - 27 November 2013

Inyaka yekutumirwa iyi. inzwainini

tsapo yeminzwa - 27 November 2013

Ko zvainenge shato iya yavakaporofita vaka buritsa pasi pemubhedha wangu wani? Vakati yaiti sveta ropa, vakozoti vanga vachienda kunoipisira kugomo ririkure

HAGAMAGA - 28 November 2013

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