A cleaner saw a bag hanging on a metal fence at the South Horizons Bus Terminus. Photo: Google Map, Facebook/Simmons Chiang

A Hong Kong cleaner got a bit more than he bargained when he found a two-meter-long python – still alive – in a white plastic bag in Ap Lei Chau on Wednesday.

The cleaner saw the bag hanging on a metal fence at the South Horizons Bus Terminus at around 4pm, Metro Daily reported on Friday. He found a python inside the bag and called the police immediately. It was later identified as a python curtus.

It is believed that the reptile was abandoned by the owner, which had treated it as a pet, according to the report.

The python curtus species is commonly seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, Anthony Yeung, chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation, was quoted in a HK01.com report.

The python, which mainly preys on rats, scorpions and birds in the wild, is awaiting adoption instead of being released into Hong Kong’s countryside, he said.

Fancy a new pet? This python needs a new home. Photo: Facebook/Simmons Chiang