Man who smuggled 104 snakes into China in his clothes

A man tried to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China using his pants and canvas bags.

The country’s customs authority released details of the incident on Tuesday in a post to Weibo, China’s version of X.

Officials said A male passenger entered mainland China through Huanggang Port in Futian before authorities intercepted and searched him. Futian is in the city center of Shenzhen and sits on the China-Hong Kong border.

Officers discovered the man was wearing canvas bags full of six snakes covered with duct tape in his pants pockets. The bags contained several species, including milk snakes, western hognose snakes, and corn snakes. None of the snakes are venomous, but some are not native to China.

“After opening, each bag was found to contain several live snakes of different colors and shapes. After counting, there were a total of 104 snakes,” the post, translated into English, said.

Footage shared by China Customs showed the snakes, which are small and slender.

of China Biosafety And Isolation Laws prohibit transporting or mailing animals into the country.

In its social media post, The customs department said that legal action may be taken against those involved.

It is not clear where the snakes went for what purpose.

China has a snake farming industry, which Business Insider has previously written about, including the village of Jisigao in Zhejiang province.

According to a 2013 Reuters report, 160 families in the province raise more than three million snakes annually for medicine and food.

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