Visitors to Karura Forest advised after huge python was spotted

A huge python was spotted in Karura Forest on Thursday by Friends of Karura Forest Chief Scout John Chege and visitors to the area have been told there is nothing to worry about.

According to a statement seen by Ureport, the adult African Rock Python was seen crossing the Shady Path near Junction 41 but bikers and jokers need not worry because pythons are harmless to people unless provoked.

“There is no need for joggers or bikers to worry. Pythons are harmless to people, unless, as with most animals, they are cornered or severely provoked. They are not venomous at all. 

“The fact that we have not spotted one in several years shows how infrequent and shy they are. 

“Pythons are solitary and typically stay near water. It is likely that this one has wandered up from the Ruaka River, looking for prey during this severe dry period, or perhaps to shed its skin,” read the statement in part.

Further, visitors have been advised to stay on Karura’s designated trails since snakes can sense the presence of humans through vibrations.

“Rest assured, if you stay on Karura’s designated trails (and don’t wander off-trail along the rivers), the very few snakes will sense your presence through vibrations in their bellies and get quickly out of your way.”

There was excitement and fear on social media as some wished they could see the snake with their naked eyes while others explained how they would take off upon seeing the reptile.