Norwegians Nab Smuggler Wearing Reptiles
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Customs agent Helge Breilid said Monday the 22-year-old Norwegian citizen was apprehended in the southern town of Kristiansand after getting off a ferry from Hirtshals, Denmark.
He said the man had 14 royal pythons and 10 albino leopard geckos under his clothes.
Breilid said the non-venomous snakes - the smallest species in the python family - 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, Sunday during a search following the discovery of a tarantula in one of the man's bags.
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