Six lizards in luggage
A JAPANESE man has been arrested at Perth Airport allegedly trying to smuggle six native bobtail lizards out of the country.
He was planning to catch a flight to Hong Kong on Thursday when an X-ray of his suitcase at check-in allegedly showed the reptiles tightly packed inside a cloth bag.
Some were kept in hessian bags for up to eight days with no food and little water, Australian Border Force says.
The 45-year-old man was charged with attempting to export a regulated native specimen while subjecting the lizards to cruel treatment.