Indonesia Releases Snakes to Fight Rats
By Associated Press
November 7, 2003, 8:20 AM EST
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- After poison didn't work, officials on Indonesia's Java island have released dozens of snakes to fight a plague of rats eating into the rice crop, a newspaper reported Friday.
Authorities near to the tourist town of Yogyakarta have let loose the snakes, mostly pythons, because rat poison didn't stop the large depletion of the crop in recent years, The Jakarta Post reported.
"We hope that the release of the snakes can provide a breakthrough with the rat problem," farmer Suryadi, who goes by a single name, was quoted as saying.
The snakes include the reticulated python, which feeds on small mammals and can grow up to 25 feet in length.
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