Customs Intercept Traveler Smuggling Snakes from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

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A traveler was intercepted by customs officers while attempting to exit Hong Kong and enter the border city of Shenzhen.

A man was apprehended attempting to smuggle over 100 live snakes into mainland China by concealing them in his trousers, as reported by the country's customs authority.

The unnamed individual was intercepted by customs officers while attempting to cross from Hong Kong into Shenzhen, according to a statement released on Tuesday by China Customs.

During a thorough inspection, officers discovered that the pockets of the man's trousers contained six canvas drawstring bags, securely sealed with tape. Upon opening these bags, they found a variety of live snakes of different shapes, sizes, and colors inside.

In total, 104 reptiles were confiscated, including milk snakes and corn snakes, many of which were species not native to the region.

A video accompanying the statement depicted two border agents examining transparent plastic bags filled with wriggling snakes in shades of red, pink, and white.

While China is recognized as a major hub for animal trafficking, authorities have intensified efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade in recent years. The country's strict biosecurity and disease control regulations prohibit the importation of non-native species without proper authorization.

The customs authority emphasized that individuals found violating these regulations will face legal consequences, although specific details regarding the man's punishment were not disclosed.