CHINA

Snakes on the loose at Chinese university

Students at a university in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were given a scare last week, after dozens of snakes invaded the campus, writes Katie Hunt for CNN.

The Guangzhou Daily reported last Monday that animal control experts had caught around 40 live snakes on Saturday after a number of the reptiles were spotted writhing along a road in Guangzhou University City. Around 60 snakes were also found dead, most squashed by traffic.

Zhang Liang, from the South China Institute of Endangered Animals, identified the snakes as chequered keelbacks, a common species in the region, and said they were not poisonous. Zhang said he suspected the snakes had been released deliberately. Most of the captured snakes had bite marks on their bodies, suggesting they had been kept in a confined space.
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