Smuggler caught with suitcase of frogs, snakes
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.