Taipei Zoo shows snakes as it ushers in new year

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 - Page 5

An exhibition that begins tomorrow at Taipei Zoo will feature 30 species of snake to celebrate the Year of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac, organizers said.

The show aims at helping people learn more about snakes and related folklore and art, the exhibition’s curator Tang Hsin-chieh said.

Many snake species in Taiwan are endangered because of excessive hunting for trade or medicinal purposes, she said.

Tang said she hopes the exhibition will help raise awareness of the need for conservation and dispel the myth that snakes are heinous and are creatures to be feared.

“We have chosen the bamboo viper as the ‘ambassador’ of the show in the hope of attracting more public attention,” Tang said.

The poisonous viper, common in Taiwan, is identified by its green body and red tail.

On the opening day of the show, visitors to the zoo will be offered guided tours to see snakes such as the brown-spotted pit viper and hundred-pace viper, Tang said.

The show is expected to run throughout this year.

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