[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 22:18 GMT
Manila X-ray spots snakes in bags
Filipino authorities show the snakes hidden in plastic bottles
Many of the snakes were venomous
Filipino authorities have intercepted an apparent attempt to smuggle more than 100 poisonous snakes and lizards onto a plane bound for Bangkok.

Security officers noticed a snake-shaped image moving inside a woman's suitcase as it was X-rayed.

Inside, they discovered live snakes coiled up inside soft drink bottles and lizards with nappies to collect urine.

Some 50 lizards, 39 cobras, 21 vipers and other smaller lizards were found hidden in two pieces of luggage.

The animals, many considered threatened species, were handed over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

An official from the department said the cache of animals could have been worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Reptile species are believed to have aphrodisiac properties and are often traded as good-luck charms, delicacies or ornaments in some parts of Asia.

The woman has been held for questioning.

Last week Manila airport authorities stopped a man who had travelled from Cambodia with three live Siamese crocodiles.

He had told authorities that the half-meter-long (1.5ft) reptiles were live fish.




SEE ALSO
Snakes rattle UK box office chart
22 Aug 06 |  Entertainment
Snakes scale US box office ladder
21 Aug 06 |  Entertainment
Snakes film premieres in the US
18 Aug 06 |  Entertainment
Hype builds for Jackson's Snakes
28 Jul 06 |  Entertainment

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific