Chinese Through the News: College student buys a bunch of pythons online, is surprised when he gets expelled

A college student and snake() enthusiast(爱好者) in Fujian thought it would be a swell idea to have nine pythons in his house - local authorities(地方当局) disagreed(不同意), and he is now facing up to five years in prison(监狱).

The man bought nine python eggs online for a pretty reasonable(合理) RMB100 per egg. Just a short while later, he had nine 30cm-long snakes in his house - mission accomplished, right?

Unfortunately, local authorities and college administrators didn't share the student's enthusiasm. It is illegal(违法) to buy African(非洲的) snakes online(在线) willy nilly (it turns out) although it is legal to have them as pets(宠物) if the buyer can prove that the animals/eggs were legally brought to the country.

Pythons(蟒蛇) are nonvenomous, but they can grow to be up to 120 centimeters long (about 4 feet) which is a bit large if, you know, you have nine of them in your apartment(公寓). There is no word yet about the snakes' fates, although the Fuzhou "forestry regulator" has gotten involved, and the animals could potentially end up in a zoo(动物园). That's probably a bit more fitting than a dorm(宿舍).


Kristen Carusos is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a major in International Affairs and a minor in French. She studied abroad in China for the first time in Shanghai in 2010 and again in 2011 at Beijing Language and Culture University. She graduated and moved to Beijing in 2012 and has been studying Chinese since then. She works in the Marketing Department at the Sinology Institute.