Snake species under threat, survey shows

The population of some snake species has plummeted in the past decade and, along with leopard cats, they might become extinct if they were not protected, forestry officials have warned.

Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 12:00am

Deadly cobra found in Victoria Park

The snake is believed to have escaped from a nearby restaurant

A deadly Chinese cobra found in Victoria Park may have been a wild snake which slithered into the concrete jungle but was more likely an escapee from a nearby restaurant, experts say.

2 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


It's good for your heart and circulation. It's a cure for asthma, rheumatism and flatulence. It makes you live longer, and it makes you more virile, too. These are some of the medical myths and maybes to keep in mind as you prepare to swallow the still-beating heart of a freshly killed snake, served in a cocktail of alcohol, bile and the dead serpent's blood.

2 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Legislators create wildlife-free menu

The mainland is drafting a bill barring the sale of 1,800 species, including snakes

Fourteen central government ministries are currently working on a joint piece of legislation that will prohibit the eating of wild animals, according to Xinhua.

7 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

The latest developments

Four new infections were reported yesterday - the fewest in one day since daily updates were started on April 20. Four additional deaths were recorded, bringing the mainland's total caseload to 5,323 with 325 fatalities.

Inspectors in Guangzhou raided four wild animal markets and seized 267 pheasants, 54 foxes, 25kg of snakes and some wild birds.

29 May 2003 - 12:00am

Two-metre snake snared

Snake catcher David Willott, 36, was called to a Sai Kung village to snare a two-metre-long krait. The venomous snake was spotted by a villager hiding under a car in Heung Chung on Hiram's Highway at 2.30am.

27 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Overheard in SoHo

'I saw it happen in the last recession: the moment things get tough people turn into snakes. This place is a viper pit right now.'

16 Jul 2002 - 12:00am


Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite From Central Park

World, 8pm

4 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Dotcom media invite regains e-relevance

Two years ago, a company only had to mention the word 'e-business' and the media would crawl over broken glass to be the first to get the story.

These days, public relations firms are having to sell their souls to get their clients even the briefest of column space.

10 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Early calls of nature

I would like to thank C.Y. Lam ('Hark . . . it's a koel,' South China Morning Post, February 26) for finally identifying the creature that has been waking up myself and other residents, in Bonham Road and High Street, as early as 4:30am since mid-January. This particular member of the koel family is either oversexed or its body clock is in need of some severe maintenance.

27 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

A real discovery about snakes

For all those out there whose skin doesn't crawl when they see slinky, scaly, deadly snakes, then an upcoming television special is just the thing for you.

Tune into Get Real: Serpentine to see profiles of different species of reptiles, including vipers and pythons, and to explore the myths surrounding the electric eel.

8 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Snake fear closes Discovery Bay kindergarten

A giant snake, thought to be a deadly king cobra, has forced a Discovery Bay kindergarten to close while experts try to block its return.

The snake may have been driven from its natural home by heavy rain.

Students at the Discovery Mind kindergarten in Coastline Villa were evacuated on Tuesday after a teacher saw the snake disappearing into the roof of a toilet.

8 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Snake in police chief's home

A 1.2-metre long snake was found inside the house of Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui at Magazine Gap Road at 10am yesterday.

A snake expert was called. The species was not identified, but was not poisonous, police said. It has been handed to Kadoorie Experimental Farm.

7 May 2001 - 12:00am

Click and win

The winners of and's Year of the Snake competitions line up to collect their prize. Jaycee Koo (second from left) won the Grand Prize of 60,000 Asia Miles while James Bishop (left) and Catherine Cheng (far right) both won 45,000 Asia Miles. Amanda Au collected a voucher for a banquet for 12 at Shang Palace, Kowloon Shangri-La, on behalf of her boss, Hsu Yuen-ming.

16 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Snake fails to scale culinary heights

The Year of the Snake slithered into Shanghai last week, whetting appetites and tempting the city's cautious middle classes to fork out some hard-earned cash for a taste of the dish.

Local eateries reported brisk business, particularly at Spring Festival dinners, when thousands of snakes were boiled, fried, steamed and munched.

3 Feb 2001 - 12:00am