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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on November 28, 2000 at 06:19:00:
CHINA DAILY (Beijing) 28 November 00 Snake bagger slips up on train (Xiao Xie)
Jinan: Thirty wild snakes have been rescued after being carried in plastic bags on a train for hefty profits upon resale in Hubei Province.
In China, it is against the law to hunt, sell and transport wild animals. The snakes were discovered last week and sent to Jinan Zoo in Jinan, the capital of East China's Shandong Province.
The police have arrested one person. Investigations are still under way.
The snakes - 21 pythons and nine kraits - were rescued by the Qingdao Forestation Bureau and local policemen on a train travelling from Wuchang, a city in Hubei Province, to Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong.
Both species have first-level State protection. Jiang Guangyuan, an official at Jinan Forestry Protection Station, said the pythons and kraits come from tropical or sub-tropical regions in Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan.
On November 17 police were told that someone had brought some wild animals with them on the train from Wuchang to Qingdao. Policemen seized two big plastic bags, which had the snakes inside.
The biggest python was more than 1 metre long, while the longest krait was 3 metres and weighed more than 20 kilograms. Even the youngest krait was more than 1 metre long.