A German man has been arrested at Schiphol airport after customs officials found dozens of snakes, lizards and other reptiles hidden in his suitcase.
The man was on his way from South Africa to Germany to sell the animals at a reptile fair. Some 40 reptiles were stuffed in a plastic box in the suitcase and several had not survived the journey, government inspectors said.
The total value of the animals on the open market is some €30,000, the inspectors said. Most of the reptiles are on official endangered species lists.
The surviving animals have been taken to a specialist reptile shelter.
The man has been charged with dealing in endangered species without proper licences and endangering the welfare of protected species.
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