Customs officers find live King Cobra snakes and geckos at Kennedy Airport in New York

Customs officers find live King Cobra snakes and geckos at Kennedy Airport in New York


King Cobra snakes at JFK Airport
King Cobra snakes at JFK Airport
By: Emily Lewis  WorldWideWeirdNews.com

(Scroll down for video) Border agents were surprised to find exotic snakes and other reptiles inside a shipment that was flown into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the John F. Kennedy International Mail Facility (IMF) seized five live juvenile King Cobra snakes during an inspection.

The incident unfolded on Thursday. CBP officers assigned to the IMF conducted an examination of express mail from Hong Kong.

The contents of one package were described as a “plastic tray,” but an X-ray showed what appeared to be snakes in a round container.

CBP contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to examine the package further. The outer box was carefully opened, revealing a foam casing with rows of holes.

FWS determined that the package did contain live snakes. The parcel contained five juvenile King Cobras and three geckos.

CBP seized the package and turned it over to FWS for further investigation.

“Our CBP officers perform numerous daily tasks to protect the United States from potential dangers. This seizure demonstrates our wide ranging responsibility in protecting our borders and our partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," said Leon Hayward, Acting Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.


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