Date
22 July 2017
Bamboo snake (inset) is one of the 14 venomous native land snake species commonly found in Hong Kong. Photos: Google Maps, AFCD
Bamboo snake (inset) is one of the 14 venomous native land snake species commonly found in Hong Kong. Photos: Google Maps, AFCD

Bamboo snake captured at chemical plant in Tsing Yi

Workers at a chemical plant in Tsing Yi had a nasty shock on Monday as they found a venomous bamboo snake in the factory premises.

An employee raised an alert after spotting a green snake inside an iron cage where safety helmets were stored, according to news website HK01.com. 

Police were called in to the scene and they decided to engage the services of a professional snake catcher. 

The snake catcher managed to capture the reptile, which was said to be 16 inches long, quickly as he wrapped the creature with tissue and pushed it into a plastic water bottle.

Green bamboo snakes, which bear the scientific name Cryptelytrops albolabris, can cause severe poisoning with their venom.

In Hong Kong, the species is mostly found in shrubbery and grassland.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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