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Then & now: soup of the day

A Hong Kong snake soup restaurant serves up the daily special. Photos: Reuters

Snakes remain a perennial winter warmer in southern China, whichever appetite one wishes to sate, writes Jason Wordie.

Saturday, 16 February, 2013, 10:56pm

The snake beneath Hong Kong's skin

Many know the expression "Return of the Dragon", which was adopted as the title of Bruce Lee's 1972 film. But few are aware of its literary sequel, loosely translated, "Strike of the Snake".

9 Feb 2013 - 4:25am

Australian teen bitten by toxic inland taipan, world's most venomous snake

An Australian teenager was critically ill in hospital yesterday after being bitten by the world's most venomous snake, with detectives investigating how he came into contact with the desert reptile.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:46am

Woman stumbles on 800 snakes

Lantau resident Okka Scherer's nightly walk along the beach with her dogs took a venomous turn when she stumbled across almost 800 Chinese cobras.

When she unearthed the hoard, hidden in bushes behind Pui O beach at about 9pm last Sunday, she realised she had probably busted a huge snake smuggling operation.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The rainbow serpent

Long, long ago, at the beginning of the Dreamtime, Earth was a vast plain where nothing grew. It was flat, with no hills or valleys. It was dry and dull, with no rivers or lakes. And everything was brown. The few people who lived on Earth didn't know how to be happy and they never smiled. After all, they had nothing to smile about.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Band of hunters stalk elusive snakes at night

For most, a night on the town means hitting a few bars, but for reptile lovers, it's a chance to head into the heart of the city's country parks and do what they love best - hunt snakes.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Snakes alive: research is vital to keep your scaly friend happy and healthy

Fung Wai-yuk remembers standing outside her Lantau house when she was five and hearing her aunt scream. She looked down and noticed a green bamboo snake was trying to crawl up her leg. Within seconds, Fung's father appeared and grabbed the venomous reptile before any harm was done.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Different bite of life

'And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover,' so says the Holy Bible, in the gospel according to St Mark, Chapter 16, verses 17 and 18.

21 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Snake worship

Holy snake

The snake has a special place in many cultures. For the ancient Egyptians, a two-headed snake guarded the underworld. It was a snake that tempted Eve in the Bible. And even dragons were often called 'snakes' in ancient legends.

But for most people today, snakes are just snakes. One place they are still worshipped is India.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

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.

The harmless reptile is usually found in gardens and it's rare that the snake would expose itself in such a concrete environment. Nevertheless, this one found itself not so happy in Happy Valley.

6 Aug 2009 - 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

Serpent in Paradise

Serpent in Paradise

by Julian West

Atlantic Books, HK$132

12 Aug 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

Snake soup, anyone?

COURAGE CAN SHOW itself in many ways. It needn't always involve such gallant acts as entering a burning building to rescue a granny, or donating a kidney to save a sick child.

Chau Ka-ling's brand of courage is not just about devoting herself to the family business set up by her father more than 40 years ago, but putting her life on the line almost every day.

6 May 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