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Man Caught Smuggling Over 100 Live Snakes In Trousers At China Border (Video)

By Benjamin Abioye



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A man was caught attempting to smuggle over 100 live snakes into mainland China by stuffing them into his trousers, according to the country’s customs authority.

The unnamed traveler was intercepted by customs officers as he tried to cross from semi-autonomous Hong Kong into the border city of Shenzhen, China Customs announced in a statement on Tuesday.

“Upon inspection, customs officers discovered that the pockets of the trousers the passenger was wearing were packed with six canvas drawstring bags and sealed with tape,” the statement revealed.

“Once opened, each bag was found to contain living snakes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors,” it added.

The customs officers seized 104 live snakes, including milk snakes and corn snakes, many of which were non-native species. An accompanying video showed two border agents inspecting transparent plastic bags filled with squirming red, pink, and white snakes.

China is one of the world’s largest hubs for animal trafficking, but authorities have intensified their crackdown on the illicit trade in recent years. The country’s biosecurity and disease control laws prohibit bringing in non-native species without permission.

“Those who break the rules will be… held liable in accordance with the law,” the customs authority stated, without specifying the man’s punishment.

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