Illegal snake exporters not slippery enough

FOUR men have been accused of trying to illegally export more than 150 amphibians and reptiles from Australia.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service arrested two Russian men and two men from the Czech Republic at Perth International Airport, on February 6, after reptiles were discovered hidden in hollowed out books and cigarette packets in packages posted to European destinations.

The men were allegedly attempting to smuggle skinks, geckos, frogs, pygmy pythons, a dead death adder, a number of invertebrates and 33 dead reptiles that appeared to have been tagged for use as specimens.

They face 10 years in prison if found guilty.

- APN NEWSDESK


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