Date
27 July 2017
The snake was identified as belonging to the python curtus species which is not endemic to Hong Kong. Photo: Wikipedia, Facebook/Maonshanhk
The snake was identified as belonging to the python curtus species which is not endemic to Hong Kong. Photo: Wikipedia, Facebook/Maonshanhk

Two-meter python left on a bus in Ap Lei Chau

A cleaner got a shock when he found a two-meter python in a plastic bag left in the South Horizons bus terminal. 

He called the police and a snake expert was brought in to handle the matter, news website hk01.com reports.

A video of the incident has gone viral on social media.

The cleaner found the plastic bag which had been left on a bus and thought there was an animal inside.

The animal was later identified as a python. 

Anthony Yeung, chairperson of the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation, said the snake was of the python curtus species not endemic to Hong Kong.

The python curtus is commonly seen in countries such as Thailand and Malaysia, he said.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has banned the import of this species.

It is possible that the python is an offspring of snakes smuggled into Hong Kong, experts said.

The python curtus is comparatively shorter than other snakes but it has a strong and thick body, ranging from 1.5 meters to 1.8 meters long.

They mainly prey on rats, scorpions and birds.

Yeung said they may put the snake up for adoption if the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden cannot release it into the wild.

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