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Customs find reptile haul on man

Fourteen royal pythons were concealed in socks and taped to the man's body

Customs officials in Norway have arrested a man who they say tried to smuggle 24 reptiles into the country by taping them to his body.

Fourteen royal pythons rolled up in socks were found taped to the man's torso and 10 geckos held in small boxes were taped to his legs.

Officials were alerted to the illegal haul after a tarantula was found in the man's luggage.

The 22-year-old was travelling to Kristiansand on a ferry from Denmark.

"He told us he was crazy about reptiles," the head of the local customs office, Helge Breilid, told AFP news agency on Sunday.

The snakes, which are not endangered, are the smallest of the python family and are not venomous.

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