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Moganshan may be a rural idyll, but there are poisonous snakes and three of my friends are in jail

By Mark Kitto   August 2009

The summer means snakes in Moganshan. I am not referring to their appearance on the menu in the local restaurants, where they are a popular dish, but in the woods and on the roads around the village. Most are harmless, but we have two nasty ones, the bamboo green and the five step.

The bamboo green, as its name suggests, is bright green. By day it coils itself in the tops of the bamboo. At night it slithers to the ground to hunt. Its venom is potentially lethal but, because of its colour and quick movements, it is relatively easy…

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