Australia halts cargo of snakes vipers and tarantulas labelled as 2 pair
Source: Australian Border PoliceSix venomous vipers and two of what is believed to be the world’s third-largest tarantula, with 24 creatures in total: Things you don’t post to Australia:PythonsGiant tarantulasPit-vipersScorpions.Read: Farmer’s body discovered inside giant python in Indonesia Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 9:12 AM 22,648 Views Apr 4th 2017, 9:12 AM Things you can post to Australia:PostcardsLettersClothingShoes Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25 Comments Source: Australian Border PoliceAUSTRALIAN AUTHORITIES INTERCEPTED a parcel that contained snakes, tarantulas and scorpions, which were labelled as ’2 pair shoes’.Australian Border Force officers in Melbourne x-rayed an international mail consignment from Northern Europe in March and spotted the reptiles.They then consulted biosecurity staff from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL Source: Australian Border PoliceThe Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Deputy Secretary responsible for biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, said Australia has strict rules governing how animals can be brought into the country.“This detection appears to be a clear attempt to get around the rules that are in place to protect us all,” O’Connell said. No spider is a match for our biosecurity web, we get our tails up when there are scorpions in the mail and if you try to send exotic snakes—beware if we find intentional non-compliance, we bite back with the full force of the law.Australia’s Border Force summed it up nicely: We are always finding new and unusual things that people are trying to smuggle into the country. Australia halts cargo of snakes, vipers and tarantulas labelled as ‘2 pair shoes’ Australia’s Border Force cleared things up: “Things you can post to Australia…” Share20 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/3322947 Three ball pythons, also known as royal pythonsTwo hognose snakesSix vipers, identified as Wagler’s temple vipersTwo Colombian giant tarantulasFive Mexican redknee tarantulasTwo Brazilian salmon pink tarantulasFour Asian forest scorpions.Australian Border Force Regional Commander Victoria, James Watson, said the detection was a great example of Australia’s border security processes: “It just goes to show you no two days are the same for our officers”.