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Snakes eat goldfish in man's aquarium

THEY were the guests no family wants to see.

An old man living on the ground floor of a residential building in Minhang District said his skin crawled when he saw two non-venomous snakes in his small garden over the weekend.

The snakes have eaten more than 30 of the man's goldfish.

"I now carry a flashlight each time I go into the garden," said the man, surnamed Jiang, "Just in case."

The snakes, believed to be from a nearby vacant site waiting to be developed, have become a long-time headache along with other pests such as rats.

Workers have recently started clearing the site, including the removal of all weeds and waste after residents complained, said the developer, Shanghai Meilongzhen Real Estate Developer, which also built the building where Jiang lives.

The land has been left unused for almost 10 years. Jiang described the site as "a jungle."

On Saturday about 8pm, Jiang was about to feed his goldfish, when he saw a coiled snake more than 1 meter long on his aquarium.

The noise drove the snake away, said Jiang. However, he spotted another snake swimming inside the fish tank.

Jiang hit the snake's tail with a steel fork, but failed to catch it.

Only 10 of Jiang's 40 goldfish were left.


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