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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:11 pm 
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Information from Kadoorie Farm:

Hong Kong has a rich biodiversity including more than 50 species of snake the fact that we also have a large human population sharing a small land area with this wildlife means that encounters between people and wildlife and snakes are inevitable.

There are several steps you can take to discourage snakes from lingering around your home but since you live on an island that is primarily green and natural nothing will be 100% snake proof.

Snake’s are more likely to occur around your home if the area around is attractive to them this means the area is providing food ( rats, mice, frogs lizards etc) , water (pooling in drains, pooling in poorly drained areas pooling in rubbish ) and shelter ( items piled/stored or displayed around the home and garden, rubbish, wood, plant pots, boulders vegetation) .


Often features such as water encourage insects which encourage frogs and toads which are snake food, rubbish poorly disposed attracts rats which in turn also attracts snakes. This alone will not keep snakes near your home, they also need to feel safe with lots of areas to hide and rest as they hunt and places to drink.



By keeping the area around you home brightly lit by the sun, free from ground level clutter and dense and low grasses or shrubs you can discourage snakes from hanging around and removing water sources nearby can go along way to help too.

Some references from the web that may be of help linked below, these are American specific but the principal carry over to our snakes here in Hong Kong.

http://www.americaswetlandresources.com ... Place.html

http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G9450



Last of all I would suggest you arm yourself with knowledge about the snakes in Hong Kong, Of our 50 plus species only around 14 are venomous and only a few venomous enough to be a risk to man.

This article may be of interest:

http://www.hkoutdoors.com/hk-wildlife/d ... -kong.html





Regards,

Paul Crow



Senior Conservation Officer,

Fauna Conservation Department,

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden,

Lam Kam Road,

Tai Po,

N.T.

Hong Kong.

Tel: (852) 24837123

Fax:: (852) 24886538

e-mail :primate1@kfbg.org


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