COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) warned residents of two upland municipalities in South Cotabato against possible snake attacks as the carnivorous reptiles have gone out of their usual habitats or comfort zones because of drought.
Mila Lorca, South Cotabato PDRRMO official, said snakes, including diamondback rattlesnakes and cobras, were seen in the areas of the towns of Lake Sebu and T’boli, South Cotabato that they did not usually inhabit in the past.
In fact according to Lorca, four carabaos in Barangay Desawo, T’boli were killed after being attacked by a king cobra.
Lorca said that while the information is still being validated, she alerted the village people, especially those living in the mountains and forests to be extra careful against possible snake bites.
In Koronadal City, residents of Marville Homes Subdivision were awakened by a huge snake which villagers saw hiding in the subdivision’s drainage canals.
Employees of the Koronadal City Veterinary Office tried to capture the six-foot long snake but they were not able to catch the elusive reptile.
Amid the dry spell, Lorca said it is still best for residents to be always vigilant and report to authorities if snakes are seen roaming in their surroundings.
In a related development, a woman in the town of Colombio, Sultan Kudarat province was hospitalized after she was attacked by a diamondback rattlesnake two days ago.