Norwegian accused of snake smuggling

A man has been arrested in Norway trying to smuggle two dozen snakes and geckos into the country by hiding them under his clothes, reports the Associated Press

A 22-year-old Norwegian citizen was apprehended in the southern town of Kristiansand after getting off a ferry from Hirtshals, Denmark.

Customs agent Helge Breilid said the man had 14 royal pythons and 10 albino leopard geckos under his clothes.

The non-venomous snakes were hidden in stockings duct-taped to the man’s abdomen. The geckos were in boxes taped to his thighs.

Customs officials found the reptiles, which are not endangered, Oct. 25 during a search following the discovery of a tarantula in one of the man’s bags.

“He told us he was crazy about reptiles,” the head of the local customs office said.
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