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Customs Catch Norwegian With 14 Baby Pythons Taped To His Body

A Norwegian smuggler was caught by Danish customs with 14 snakes and ten lizards taped to his body after officials  spotted a tarantula (spider) scurrying around in one of his bags. The non-venomous royal pythons

PTI [ Updated: November 03, 2009 13:21 IST ]
customs catch norwegian with 14 baby pythons taped to his
customs catch norwegian with 14 baby pythons taped to his body

A Norwegian smuggler was caught by Danish customs with 14 snakes and ten lizards taped to his body after officials  spotted a tarantula (spider) scurrying around in one of his bags.

The non-venomous royal pythons were rolled up in socks and taped to his torso. 

The albino leopard geckos (type of lizards) were in little boxes strapped to his legs. 

The 22-year-old Norwegian man, who has not been named, was arrested in the southern town of Kristiansand after leaving a ferry from Denmark. He was pulled to one side for a spot check when customs officers spotted the spider and decided a full body search was needed.

A body search revealed the man was carrying 14 baby pythons in socks taped to his chest

The man was arrested for smuggling pythons and lizards strapped to his legs and chest

Reptile smuggling is not uncommon in Norway, which prohibits people holding many reptile species as pets.

Office manager Helge Breilid at Kristiansand customs said he was 'horrified' by Sunday's catch.'

Customs officers quickly realised the man was smuggling animals, because his whole body was in constant motion,' Breilid added.

When the man dropped his trouserss, the officers found 10 cans taped to his legs, each containing a lizard, he said.The man will be held by police until he agrees to pay a 12,500 Norwegian crowns (£1,800) fine.

The 22-year-old Norwegian man was caught with 14 baby pythons and 10 albino gecko lizards

The reptiles were handed over to a security firm until Norwegian authorities decide what to do with them.

The case bears similarities with that of Sony Dong, who was caught by inspectors at a U.S. airport after concealing more than a dozen rare songbirds under his trousers.

Dong, 46, was arrested after an inspector spotted bird feathers and droppings on his socks and tail feathers peeking out from under his trousers.

He had designed a custom pair of leggings to hide the rare songbirds on a flight from Vietnam to Los Angeles.

Detained suspect Sony Dong, with songbirds strapped to his legs at Los Angeles International Airport. He was arrested as he tried to walk out the airport and officials noticed feathers

Hidden in the leggings were three red-whiskered bul-buls, four magpie robins and six shama thrush.

Investigators later linked Dong's scheme to another man, Duc Le, who was arrested after authorities searched his home in Orange County, California, and found 51 songbirds in an outdoor aviary. Both were charged with eight counts of conspiracy, the Mail report said.

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