U.S. Cus­toms agents find co­bras in­side mail at JFK Air­port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion agents re­ceived a slith­ery sur­prise when they checked a mail con­tainer at Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The agency said Tues­day that of­fi­cials seized five live king co­bras and three geckos dur­ing an in­spec­tion at the air­port mail fa­cil­ity on June 29.

Agents first dis­cov­ered the dan­ger­ous con­tents of the pack­age in an X-ray scan. The rep­tiles were sent in a con­tainer from Hong Kong. The rep­tiles have been sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice.

King co­bras are the world’s largest ven­omous snakes, grow­ing up to nearly 5.8 me­tres.

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