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Old 11-09-03, 10:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Save our snakes say farmers

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Save our snakes say farmers

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian villagers who have released snakes in their ricefields to hunt hungry rats are now worried about human predators hunting the serpents.
Anyone found catching or killing the snakes will face a fine of 750,000 rupiah (88 US dollars), warned farmers' group leader Yulius Sumardi.

The reptiles were released after rats ruined three harvests in ricefields covering 64 hectares (158 acres) at Sidoluhur in Yogyakarta, the Antara news agency reported Wednesday. "Hopefully, the release of the snakes will reduce the rat population and enable farmers to harvest again," it quoted Sumardi as saying.
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