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Microchips help track released reptiles

Releasing pythons into the Hong Kong countryside after tagging them with microchips could provide crucial information about the habits and movements of the endangered species.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Altar of Eden

Altar of Eden by James Rollins Orion, HK$91

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Rogue snake suspected of attacks on dogs

An aggressive Burmese python may be responsible for all three attacks in the past four years on large dogs on the Pak Tam Chung walking trail beside the Sai Kung Country Park.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

A serpent's tale

The scene that greeted nurse Anna Boon when she returned to her home on the outskirts of Sai Kung was like something from a movie.

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Get your python

Lifestyle cover: python-print cotton dress (HK$18,750) from Prada, Alexandra House, Central. Leather bangles from Hermes, Pacific Place, Admiralty (inquiries: 2522 6229). Python shoes (HK$8,650) from Jimmy Choo, The Landmark, Central.

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Animal stranglers

Snakes that smother

Snakes are unusual because they can eat animals bigger than themselves. They can do this because they have very special jaws and heads.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

An exotic reptile

Quick Facts

Common name: Burmese python

Scientific name: Python molurus bivittatus

Native home: Southeast Asia's rain forests

Estimated numbers: Uncertain. Protected in Hong Kong

Size: Adults grow up to eight metres long and weigh about 180 kilograms. Females are typically larger than males.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Master plan

Chloe is the master of the 'It' bag, having churned out must-have styles since the Paddington in 2005. This season it's all about the Heloise, designed by the brand's new creative director, Paulo Melim Andersson. Originally available in patent lambskin, calf and bois leather, python and gold lambskin versions - and a host of accessories - have been added to the range for Christmas.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Chances of attack very low

Zoologist Paul Crow, senior conversation officer in the fauna conservation department at Kadoorie Farm, said the risk of a wild python making such a radical departure from its usual diet of wild boar and feral cats and dogs was so remote, it was barely worth contemplating.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Constricted thinking about snakes is irresponsible

Snakes are not, to many people, one of nature's more endearing creatures. Giant pythons appear to be particularly threatening. When they occasionally show up on our country park trails, they understandably cause alarm. This is what happened a fortnight ago when a hiker had to wrestle her pet dog from the grip of such a snake.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am