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  Channel NewsAsia 15 Sep 06
253kg of endangered reptile skins seized from barge

SINGAPORE: Hundreds of kilograms of endangered reptile skins were seized on a barge by ICA officers.

The officers found 11 packages of reptile skins hidden in two wooden crates. The skins belonged to the reticulated python, the blood python, and monitor lizard. The reptiles are on the endangered species list and are protected under international convention.

A 24-year-old Indonesian man, who's a member of the barge's crew, admitted owning the skins. Singapore's Agri-Food Veterinary Authority is investigating the case and if convicted the man faces a fine up to S$5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to two years. - CNA

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