Date
21 October 2017
The snake could have escaped from its cage or it might have been abandoned by its owner after it became too big. Photo: HKEJ, Apple Daily
The snake could have escaped from its cage or it might have been abandoned by its owner after it became too big. Photo: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Five-foot boa constrictor caught at HKUST eco-park

A red-tailed boa was caught alive in Tseung Kwan O.

The gold-colored boa constrictor was found inside a fertilizer container at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Eco-Park on Wan O Road at about 11 a.m. Wednesday by a female employee, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Police officers arrived and blocked the container before calling a snake expert known by his nickname “Snake King Pong”.

Pong didn’t take much effort to catch the five-foot-long female snake, which was then taken away by the police.

According to Pong, the red-tailed boa is not a local species but an imported one that is usually reared as a pet. 

He said the snake could have escaped from its cage or it might have been abandoned by its owner after it became too big.

It could be worth several thousand Hong Kong dollars in the market.

Jack Ip, a project officer at the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation, said red-tailed boa is classified as a protected species and can be imported for commercial purpose.

He urged owners not to abandon their pets for whatever reason and instead ask authorities for help.

Also on Wednesday, residents of Kau To Shan in Sha Tin called another snake expert to catch a two-foot-long non-venomous grass snake.

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