On 31 December last year, researchers trapping butterflies at Deep Water Bay on Hong Kong Island found a Chestnut Tiger with writing on its wings. Someone had used a fine marker pen to add numbers, letters and characters including a code: "YSK541".
A quick look at animals with venom, killer teeth and blades.
This first listing is limited to a review of the DANGEROUS SNAKES in Hong Kong.
Might seem odd "wildlife", yet Lantau's cattle and water buffalo now roam free, and part of the ecosystem.
During recent cold spell, the buffalo importance perhaps highlighted by Pui O becoming a refuge for thrushes, Red-breasted Flycatchers, Daurian Redstarts, Red-flanked Bluetails and other birds - which were finding it tough finding food elsewhere, yet maybe sustained here partly as result of buffalo dung/wetland being still ok for insects.
On Cheung Chau this afternoon, saw two big Rat Snakes wrestling.
Also known as a "dance", this is combat between two male snakes, fighting over breeding rights/territory. They rear up, push against each other, twist and push - in this case, at one point forming a circle.
The two broke off - maybe deciding I came too close - and moved off across the stream and into the trees. I reckoned each was around 3 metres long: large for this species.
Below is a video clip, showing the two snakes in action.