Educating Citizens in the Style of Fakfak Reptile Community: Exhibition of Four-legged Snakes

goodmorningpapua.com – The Fakfak Reptile Community or Fakfak Reptile Community (Farek) does not tire of introducing various kinds of endemic reptiles of Papua.

The exhibition of snakes and reptiles was held at the Tugu Satu Tungku Tiga Batu Park, Fakfak Regency, West Papua. Uncertain schedule, usually shown on weekends Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon.

Citizens of Fakfak can see, hold and even take pictures and hold the reptiles. Not infrequently, curious residents ask about the type of snake on display.

The members of the Reptile Community will certainly be happy to explain at length about the reptiles whose habitat is found in Fakfak. They even introduced the rescue team to the community.

The Fakfak Reptile Community Rescue Team with 11 members is tasked with securing the reptiles if they receive reports from residents about the presence of snakes or reptiles entering the house.

According to Imam as the Head of the Fakfak Reptile Community, he and his colleagues want to educate Fakfak community by exhibiting various kinds of Papuan reptiles, especially those in Fakfak.

This step, according to Iman, is very important so that the reptiles in Fakfak do not become extinct because of the behavior of the people who play killing, both towards snakes and other reptiles, including monitor lizards and lizards.

“Animals also want to live,  God also has certain purpose in creating them, let’s keep them sustainable in their nature. So, apart from snakes, we also introduce the types of monitor lizards and lizards in Fakfak,” said Imam to Kabarpapua.co, Sunday, October 2, 2022.

One of the reptiles introduced in the activity is the Panana Lizard or commonly called a four-legged snake. For him, the Panana Lizard is very tame, easy to care for and not venomous like a myth that develops in the midst of society.

“Residents in Papua, Fakfak in particular, if they meet this four-legged snake, they immediately play slashing. They say it is highly venomous, even though this lizard is not venomous at all,” said Imam.

He explained that the blue-tongued lizard was thought to be venomous by people because it looked like the Death Adder (Adder Papua) or a high-venomous snake that resembled the Panana Lizard but had no legs.

“This type of lizard, called the blue tongue lizard, is non-venomous, easy to care for and not found anywhere else. In Indonesia, there are four regions, Papua, Halmahera, Kei and Tanimbar,” said Imam while caressing the blue-tongued lizard in his hand.

In addition to introducing the blue tongue lizard, the Fakfak Reptile Community also introduced the Green Tree Python or commonly called the Green Python. This snake is a type of tree python which is endemic around Papua and is not venomous.

Snake with the most expensive price is increasingly threatened because of hunting. Iman also asked people to better understand the existence of the snake by participating in preserving it.

The Fakfak Reptile Community also revealed the types of venomous snakes in Fakfak, one of which is the Papuan White Snake (Micropechis Ikaheka) and the Death Adder.

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