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Sale of reptiles for household pets soars in Hong Kong

In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, an assistant shop clerk displays newly unveiled gold snake for sale ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar new year, the year of the Snake, at a jewelry shop in Hong Kong. Chinese New Year remains the most important festival in the region, a weeklong round of family reunions, temple visits, and gastronomic excess. AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File

As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Asian astrologers warn of sss-stormy Year of Snake

Pedestrians walk past a billboard set up for the Chinese New Year of the snake in Hong Kong on February 5, 2013. AFP

A stock market slide, escalated conflict between Japan and China and more Gangnam-styled success for South Korean singer Psy will shape the incoming Year of the Snake, say Asian soothsayers.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »