Smug­gler caught with suit­case of frogs, snakes

Global Times - - Mosaic -

Cus­toms agents in South China’s Shen­zhen caught a smug­gler car­ry­ing dozens of frogs and snakes stuffed into a suit­case.

The sus­pect was at­tempt­ing to cross from Hong Kong when work­ers with the Shen­zhen En­try-Exit In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine Bureau stopped him at the Luohu bor­der cross­ing on Wed­nes­day, of­fi­cials said.

Of­fi­cials in­spected his suit­case to find a to­tal of 61 an­i­mals trapped in what were de­scribed as plas­tic take­out con­tain­ers with holes punched in the top and tape se­cur­ing their lids.

Among the an­i­mals seized in­cluded 15 poi­son dart frogs, which are among the most toxic am­phib­ians in the world, of­fi­cials said.

Oth­ers in­cluded non-poi­sonous am­phib­ians and rep­tiles, such as red-eyed tree frogs, al­bino corn snakes and a Cal­i­for­nia king snake.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the an­i­mals were de­ter­mined to be born in the wild, and stood to fetch the smug­glers in­volved 30,000 yuan ($4,500).

Au­thor­i­ties are car­ing for the crea­tures, me­dia re­ported.

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