Lizard thief caught in WA
A JAPANESE man has been nabbed at Perth Airport allegedly trying to smuggle six native bobtail lizards out of Australia. He was planning to catch a flight to Hong Kong on Thursday when an x-ray of his check-in suitcase allegedly spotted the reptiles wrapped in a paper towel and tightly packed inside a cloth bag.
Three lizards were allegedly taken from Rottnest Island, one from the Mid West region and two from Perth.
The 45-year-old man was charged with attempting to export a regulated native specimen while subjecting the lizards to cruel treatment.