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Hum    6,929

Hong Kong customs authorities investigating a shipment from Thailand marked as fruit were shocked to discover the consignment instead contained 2,600 live snakes, officials said Friday.

Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday, a government spokeswoman said, just days before the start of the Year of the Snake in the Chinese horoscope.

The intended fate of the snakes was not known but both species are used in southern Chinese cuisine. Snake is considered a delicacy, often served as a soup, and is believed to improve blood circulation and ward off illness.

Under Hong Kong law, anyone found guilty of smuggling cargo into the city faces imprisonment of up to seven years and a maximum fine of HK$2 million (US$250,000).

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

at least Indiana Jones does not work there.

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articuno1au    1,264

Rats... Why'd it have to be rats..

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DocM    12,634

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Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday,....

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SNAKES ON A PLANE!!

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Hum    6,929

I don't care if snakes were the last meat on Earth -- I still wouldn't eat them.

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Original Poster    324

I don't care if snakes were the last meat on Earth -- I still wouldn't eat them.

I know :( they are so cute and cuddly why would anyone eat them :( i love my snakes they cuddle me <3

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einsteinbqat    183

Happy Year of the Snake!

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thechronic    183
i love my snakes they cuddle me <3

I love how the bigger snakes cuddle your neck real close :)

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riceBox    97

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Growled    3,880

Anything but a snake. I hate snakes.

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Torolol    926

so why not some U.S cities that plaqued by snakes, export their snakes to china ?

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Hum    6,929

^ That might be a good way to lower our USA debt. :p

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DocM    12,634

I don't care if snakes were the last meat on Earth -- I still wouldn't eat them.

Snake meat is actually rather tasty, a similar texture to chicken breasts or especially frog legs (which we're having for dinner tomorrow.)

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+hedleigh    126

Snake meat is actually rather tasty, a similar texture to chicken breasts or especially frog legs (which we're having for dinner tomorrow.)

Can't say I've ever had frogs legs, actually I can! :) But yes, snake meat is rather tasty and Hum, I'm fairly certain that if the choice was starvation or life, well you know what I mean.

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DocM    12,634

Frog legas are great, you should try them sometime. We can either spear our own in the summer or get them at most major markets like Krogers etc. in the seafood dept.

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+hedleigh    126

Frog legas are great, you should try them sometime. We can either spear our own in the summer or get them at most major markets like Krogers etc. in the seafood dept.

Have never seen them over here, but then again I really haven't looked. Will have to give them a go though. Always a treat trying something new, even if it ends being not to my taste.

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Kyang    99

Never had frog legs. Not sure if I'd want to, but I might give it a shot.

Snake meat on the other hand, I've eaten before, and in the particular dish it was served in (Soup), it was okay.

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