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 Post subject: Python found
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:18 pm 
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3 great photos submitted by JAX. She writes:

"Attached photos of the python found outside my neighbour's lawn. It had half of a cat in its mouth when found, didn't get the photo though, but the cat was saved at the end.

"The Police arrived & they are waiting for the experts from Lantau to capture the beautiful creature.

"Post the photos on Lamma website if you like."


Yes, we like, JAX, very much! Great shots!
You had to get pretty close to take at least one of those shots, even with a good zoom lens.

Could some of our forum's resident fauna experts tell us what "python" this is, please? It's definitely not a rat snake like most Lamma snake sightings....


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A Burmese python - probably Hong Kong's largest native snake and apparently quite widely distributed locally.


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Wow what a beauty!!

How is the cat??? The cat came out of this unscathed??

One lucky cat, and I hope that the lucky snake will be released again somewhere uninhabited away from the village, and not killed!


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the snake may have been lucky. snake soup is a winter warmer and out of season now. if it had been found a few months ago it's chances of survival would have been slim.


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Tigger wrote:
One lucky cat, and I hope that the lucky snake will be released again somewhere uninhabited away from the village, and not killed!


From reports a few months ago, such snakes are released over the border in China. Where they are almost certainly immediately killed and eaten.


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Inspired by the python photos above, Ed Williams emailed me the following three photos with these comments:

"Just seen your Python photos on lamma.com.hk…I can’t really beat that, but here are some shots of a cobra outside my front door last week eating a frog…

"…the cobra swallowed the frog whole, then changed its mind (probably put off by the flashing of my camera), it rolled onto it’s back, spat out the frog, and promptly fell down into the open drain and got washed down the street!"


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did the frog recover?


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Scary...


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This is interesting. The cobra is eating an Asian common toad, the skin of which is toxic (but not harmful to humans unless you eat the toad). All of the literature says that cobras can tolerate the toxins and that toads are an important part of their diets. I have seen cobras eating toads before, but I wonder if this toad had a particularly potent batch of toxins that made it unpalatable to the snake. Great photos - thanks.


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I've always wanted to ask someone...
Are any of the toads on Lamma toxic to smaller anymals (e.g. dogs or cats)?

My dog likes to investigate toads/frogs that hop around on the paths - but I always pull him back so his nose won't get to touch the toad. I have a vision of the toad spitting or its skin expelling some toxic stuff when it feels cornered...

Does anyone have info on this?


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