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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:27 pm 
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Definately a Chinese cobra there.The Chinese cobra has either the monocle or binocle pattern on the back of the hood whereas the King has only a number of larger stripes.
It seems u have the snake in a box or something and unless u are well familiar with snake handling i would advise against gettin too close .Both the species of Cobra in HK a potently venomous and have caused many fatalities.They are aggresive and best left well alone.A king cobra is even more so and is fast and intelligent.Be very careful.


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Thanks for yr advice Jimmi.
The snake was in the house & needed to get it out somehow. Manouevered it into the box & put it outside to get a few photos (see below)

Normal thing is to call the police, and they call the snake-catcher from Hong Kong........... but last time, they cornered the snake & speared it........ I wasn't best pleased.
So this time I thought I'd do it myself for the sake of the snake.

That was yesterday....... trouble was, today was back again, so had to chase it off again. Was probably about 3' long, and if you look in the first pic, can just see the remnants of a sloughing. I guess I did get a little close (about 18") with a 105mm lens, but I'll bear yr advice in mind. :oops:

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Yes, looks similar to the one I saw a few weeks back - rather bad temper with spitting and striking, even though mine was a very small fellow. Also reports of them around Tai Peng at the weekend. Best left alone, I reckon, but nice to get close enough for a photo.


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My how we laughed at this unfortunate shutterbug.


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Nearly stumbled over this as I was emerging from a bar in Prince Edward early this morning. Not sure what species it is, but it's a great piece of design

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Based on the pattern and number of bar in the head ,the white cross bands on the body,the two snake are common rat snake but not king cobra . Anyway I find that common cobra are quite common in Lamma .I have seen them on hilltop,seashore , garden and my store room .But they were all not longer than four feet .Maybe fully mature cobra is rare and more sensitive to human .
The photo is common cobra taken in So Kwu Wan chasing a toad to open ground and exposing itself to great danger .


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It seems as though the Carlsberg Cobra is not the only evil beast lurking in the urban jungles of Prince Edward


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Rat Snake [Pytas mucosus]
Needed to take 9 shots to get the snake as was so close - was at least 8' long
Have manually "stitched" pieces together to conform with body width as the snake was on the move & have not really been able to "stitch" the background so well.
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It came down through some banana tree foliage next to me outside my hide & sat for about 5 minutes tasting the air and staring in my direction through the mosquito netting before moving slowly away from me & down to water.
Was really neat.......... called Neil on my mobile with this dirty great big snake sitting next to me............ he sounded a little concerned as he'd been sitting in the exact same spot the day before :D Don't think he'll be going back :shock:
When I first saw it thought it was a King Cobra, but checked up when I got home.
Nevertheless is huge for a Rat Snake.

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Looks a bit close for comfort


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No photo I'm afraid.......+, but I was out collecting rocks today, as Lamma residents have a tendency to do........., turned over a prospective rock .., and underneath was a very slim jet black snake, only about 4-5" long.
Anybody know what species it might be?


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Anonymous Guy wrote:
Anybody know what species it might be?


Sounds like it might have been a common blind snake (Ramphotyphlops braminus). We found 8-10 of these under stones and up to 16 inches below ground when we were clearing the area for the Tai Peng community garden. They are fossorial (live below ground) and feed on ant pupae and termites. There are three species in Hong Kong, but they are very difficult to differentiate without some sort of magnification. So far only the common blind snake has been found on Lamma, but that doesn't mean that the others don't occur here. By the way, this is a great species to use in classrooms to teach kids about snakes. They are beautiful, some almost a dark purple, and completely harmless.

These snakes are incredibly quick and difficult to photograph. I got a few pictures of the ones we found at the garden and have been meaning to post these. You can see in the "head and shoulders" shot that the eye lies beneath a clear scale which protects it as the snake moves through the soil and rocks.

Does this look like the snake you saw?


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The warm weather we've been having recently seems to have brought the snakes out of hibernation a little early.
Rat Snake... probably around 7-8' long....

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Wow! Great picture. Where did you take that? I have been seeing stream snakes on HK Island and in the New Territories continuously but no terrestrial snakes since early December. Thanks for sharing that.


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Thanks Nancy.
Was in the area around my pond. Photo was taken with a 500m lens so a safe 25' away.
Saw several snakes around during the warm days last week... possible awoken by a false sense of spring.... nothing the last couple of days


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Well.... there goes one theory.... the snakes in HK aren't hibernating yet!!.......Stepped into the hide & within 2 minutes a Chinese Cobra crawled inside & across my foot..... having recovered from that I looked outside & this 8/9' Ratsnake was ogling me.... yes..... I could've been holding its tail & taken the photo.


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Anonymous Guy wrote:
Well.... there goes one theory.... the snakes in HK aren't hibernating yet!!

They must be having insomnia this year. We came across a very active Green Bamboo Snake on the hill today.


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Found a dead baby snake in Tai Peng this week.

Dark colour with white bands. Possibly a banded krait?

Very glad it was dead when I met it. Not so glad that there are probably more somewhere near my doorstep....


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how about this guy in my back garden a couple of weekends ago, pretty good size too, around 5ft or so!


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