Philippines seizes smuggled pythons
Manila, Philippines - Philippine customs officials say they have seized seven baby pythons that were being smuggled inside a shipment of toy cars from Indonesia.
Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon says the seven “ball” pythons seized Friday at Manila's airport were most likely going to be sold to exotic pet collectors.
He says the pythons fetch up to 10 000 pesos ($240) each at local markets. The ball pythons are named as such because they like to curl into a ball.
Biazon says the shipment violates the Philippines' customs code and wildlife protection act banning the entry of exotic species unless cleared by authorities after an environmental impact study.
He says that no arrests have been made but that the consignee indicated in the air cargo is being investigated. - Sapa-AP