Woman Living On 3rd Floor Of Sembawang HDB Flat Bitten By Python

Over 80% of Singaporeans live in HDB units. Which means, out of 10 people reading this right now, 8 of you are probably living in a “high-rise building”.

High-SES much?

If you’re nearing the date to choose your flat, chances are you’d probably avoid the lower floor altogether.

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Because if you stayed on the lower floor, your level is the first stop for rodents and pests making their way up the building.

Not that you won’t get any rodents or pests if you were to stay at the top few floors, but they seldom take the lift.

Rodents and pests are one thing, but what about snakes?

A Woman in Sembawang HDB Block Bitten By Python

On 9 Oct, 42-year-old Mrs Chan Yin Ha was looking for her cat on the third level of her HDB block in Sembawang.

Just when she was searching among potted plants, she felt a pain in her left leg. Thinking it was her cat scratching her, she kicked out at the animal.

Only when she looked down did she see something straight out of her nightmares.

It’s a 3m long python.

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She ran away immediately and tried to look for help but her neighbour didn’t open the door when she knocked frantically on a nearby house’s door.

Eventually, she returned to her third-floor unit, bleeding from her wound and her family members called for an ambulance.

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Neighbour Finally Opened Her Door, Thought There Was a Fight

The neighbour she tried to seek help from finally opened her door after some time. Peeking outside, she saw a slipper left by Mrs Chan and a trail of blood.

Thinking that there was a fight, she called the police immediately.

The police tracked the blood to Mrs Chan’s residence and, after understanding the situation, called for a pest control agency.

The snake had escaped into the water pipe.

The pest control agency poured hot water to flush the python into a drain on the ground floor, where they managed to capture it.

Not The First Time Seeing Snakes For Mrs Chan

Mrs Chan claimed that this wasn’t the first time she saw a snake in the area.

Back in 2016, she said she saw a snake in the drain on the ground floor. Then, she had notified the town council about the snake and they got a pest control agency to remove it safely.

She was sent to Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital where she was given stitches and four days of medical leave to recover.

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What Should You Do If You Spot a Python:

Given that Singapore is adding more green spaces to Singapore, Acres said that could be the reason why we see more of such snake sightings in Singapore.

“Singapore is creating a lot of greenery and it’s never going to be just butterflies and flowers. There’s going to be lizards and snakes.”

Here’s what you should do if you come across a python:

  • If seen in nature spaces (parks, nature reserves, canals, deep drains, etc), leave them alone.
  • If within a built environment (i.e. your home, near your home, etc), call the Acres 24-hour hotline: 9783 7782
  • Don’t go near the python for #OOTDs because they might not be poisonous but they can give you a nasty bite like Raticate
  • Don’t kill it; it’s forbidden.

Whatever it is, just remember this: once you spotted one, keep calm and move to a safe area – even if you’re someone who likes to “eat snake” #sorrycannotresistthatjoke

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