Snake seeks safety of home at Happy Valley property agency

A wee bit of wildlife wound its way into a city adventure yesterday. The metre-long green snake slithered on to Sing Woo Road in Happy Valley around lunchtime.

Thursday, 6 August, 2009, 12:00am

In Brief

Motorcyclist hurt in crash

A 29-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on Kwai Chung Road early yesterday morning. Police said the driver lost control of his motorcycle and slid more than 20 metres along the road after a fall at about 3am. He was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital with head injuries, where he was in critical condition last night.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Smell of dead snakes puts children in hospital

Dead snakes seized by customs were the source of a noxious smell that sent 21 primary students to hospital in Sheung Shui yesterday. The children at Fung Kai Innovative School began to complain of an odour at 9am and were sent to North District Hospital for treatment.

23 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

An exotic friendship

With a long Rainbow Boa slithering around his body, 24-year-old Toni Ngai Pak-yin talks enthusiastically about his pet snake at his home in Tsz Wan Shan.

'I love reptiles like snakes and lizards. They are adorable animals which have unique characteristics,' said the merchandiser who worked as a vet assistant in the past.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Shy boy slipped out of maths class to catch reptiles

I've been obsessed with snakes ever since I came to Hong Kong at the age of nine from England in the 1970s.

Some people love Arsenal, but for me it's reptiles that does it. I even have three pythons and others as pets.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Seized snakes escape mainland diners but are still doomed

Police boarded a boat off Tuen Mun yesterday and seized 320 endangered snakes, apparently bound for dining tables on the mainland.

But the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said they would have to be destroyed.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Snakes and ladders for Chopra

Daniel Chopra wants to forget about snakes and concentrate on ladders instead. The Swede had a close encounter with a snake during last year's event and made sure he stayed out of the trees during his four-under 66 yesterday. 'I remember the incident with the snake last year and have kept away from the trees pretty much so far this year,' he said.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Expand your word power


Crackdown on mobile phones to cost marks

Students found with mobile phones, personal digital assistants, pagers or MP3 players switched on during an exam (eg-zam) will lose all grades in all subjects, it was revealed with the release of the Handbook for Candidates sitting exams in 2007.

(SCMP, March 17, 2007)

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Outrage as snakes saved en route to HK end up in Malaysian restaurants

Wildlife officials feted this month for rescuing 2,400 snakes from being smuggled to Hong Kong are now under fire - after quietly auctioning them for consumption in Malaysian restaurants instead.

The live banded rat snakes, originally from Thailand, had been intercepted as they passed through Penang airport.

23 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

End of a charmed life

The haunting sound of the been, a gourd-like instrument played by Indian snake charmers, reverberated on Sunday through the plush auditorium of the Habitat Centre, a cultural venue frequented by the elite.

19 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

More myth than fact

Tales of huge Burmese pythons swallowing cows and even sleeping children abound - but in most cases the stories turn out to be a myth or exaggeration rather than fact.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

FYI: Are Hong Kong's snakes the slippery characters they seem?

FYI: Are Hong Kong's snakes the slippery characters they seem?

Many people dislike or fear snakes. Others grow up believing snakes are nasty, slimy, sneaky and evil things. In reality, they are just misunderstood.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Charm school

Visitors to Thailand are often overwhelmed by the choice of tourist diversions, particularly in popular destinations like Chiang Mai. Floating markets, ancient temples and traditional dances compete for tourists and their dollars.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Real-life survivor tells all

Lost is not just a hit TV series. It's something Yossi Ghinsberg lived through. As a young man, he survived 20 days alone in the Amazon after separating from his friends and that remarkable tale is now chronicled in one episode of a new Discovery Channel series, I Shouldn't Be Alive, which debuts tonight.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

24 hours with Bruce George

I live in Perth and respond to emergency calls when someone finds a snake in their house or garden. I don't get any money for doing it, but luckily my wife works. Catching snakes is not a nine-to-five job. I can get calls at anytime of the day or night and the busiest times are around sunrise and early evening.

3 Oct 2004 - 12:00am