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Last Updated: Friday June 03 2011 11:53 GMT

Smuggled animals found by customs at Bangkok airport

A gharial, an endangered type of crocodile

This gharial - an endangered type of crocodile - was one of seven found by Thai custom officials stuffed into luggage with 431 turtles and other rare reptiles.

A roofed turtle that was found being smuggled

This baby roofed turtle and the other animals were packed into FOUR SUITCASES and smuggled into Bangkok airport.

Indian star tortoises that were being smuggled

Customs bosses say many of the animals are endangered so there is a ban on international trade. These are Indian star tortoises.

Customs officer shows off a turtle

They were discovered when an Indian traveller arriving from Bangladesh failed to collect his bags after the flight.

Turtles that were being smuggled

The animals are going to be kept as potential evidence and will be taken care of by wildlife officials. They are worth about 20,200.

Customs officer shows off a turtle

Thailand is a centre for illegal wildlife trade. In May smugglers were caught with two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys - all puppy-size babies.