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Man detained at Hong Kong customs with 100 live snakes in his pants

HONG KONG — A man was caught trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China by stuffing them down his pants, Chinese customs officials said.

Customs officers in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen detained a man traveling through Futian Port, a checkpoint between Hong Kong and mainland China, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

During the search, the officers found six canvas drawstring bags sealed with adhesive tape in his trouser pockets.

“Officers opened the bags and discovered that each one contained a number of live snakes of various shapes and colours,” the statement reads.

“After counting, a total of 104 snakes were found.”

It later identified five species of snakes — a milk snake, a western corn snake, a Texas rat snake and a bull snake — four of which are not native to China. None of the species are venomous. The statement said the incident occurred “a few days ago,” but did not specify when.

The customs agency did not say whether the man had been arrested but warned that “in case of violation of the regulations, customs will pursue legal liability in accordance with the law.”

In June, another man was arrested trying to smuggle 454 endangered turtles from Macau to mainland China.

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