Customs officials in Amsterdam have arrested a Russian man who was trying to carry a bag full of poisonous snakes and frogs, en route home to Russia. The man was stopped and detained after he came off of a connecting flight in Brazil.
“There were dozens of live snakes, frogs, cockroaches and lizards hidden in his luggage. A large number of these animals are extremely poisonous,” the food and consumer safety authority (NVWA) said.
When they opened up his bag, they found exactly 26 highly poisonous lancehead vipers, 10 poisonous frogs, 33 cockroaches and rare lizards. Not only are they incredibly dangerous to bring over, but he had shoved the animals into glass jars with lids, causing them a great deal of damage.
The Guardian reports:
The find included 26 highly poisonous lancehead vipers, 10 poisonous frogs, 33 cockroaches and rare lizards.
The animals were stashed in plastic buckets with lids and placed in the man’s backpack.
“The man has seriously harmed the animals by stuffing them into these plastic buckets, therefore a charge of cruelty to animals has been opened,” the NVWA said.
The man remained in custody while further investigations continued. The reptiles and insects were taken to an animal shelter.