A man in China surnamed Wu, was sentenced by a Court in South China’s Guangdong Province on Thursday to one year imprisonment for capturing and killing a rare two-meter-long snake.
The snake was discovered in a rural area of Fengkai County by Wu and an accomplice at around 11 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2016, the county court said.
Wu paid the man 47 dollars (300 yuan) to help capture the snake, and killed it later that day. It was a python and weighing 10-kg.
Police found the suspect after a fellow villager uploaded a photograph of Wu catching the snake, on social networking app WeChat.
The python breed is on the first class state protection list.
Located at the border of Guangdong and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Fengkai is home to several rare wildlife species, such as pythons and monitor lizards.