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Man caught in China carrying 100 live snakes in his pants | China

A man has been caught trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China by stuffing them into his pants, according to the country’s customs authority.

The unnamed traveler was detained by customs officials as he tried to leave semi-autonomous Hong Kong and reach the border city of Shenzhen, China’s customs said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Upon inspecting the vehicle, customs officers discovered that the passenger’s pants pockets were stuffed with six drawstring canvas bags sealed with tape,” the statement said.

“Once opened, each bag was found to contain live snakes of all shapes, sizes and colours,” he added.

The release said officers seized 104 reptiles, including milk snakes and corn snakes, many of which were non-native species.

An accompanying video showed two border agents looking inside clear plastic bags filled with writhing red, pink and white snakes.

China is one of the world’s largest animal trafficking hubs, but authorities have cracked down on the illicit trade in recent years.

The country’s biosecurity and disease control laws prohibit people from introducing non-native species without permission.

“Those who violate the rules will be held accountable according to the law,” the customs authority said, without specifying the punishment for the man.