Security guards on the Israeli
border with Jordan
were surprised on Sunday during a routine security check, when the X-ray machine used to check luggage, suddenly revealed three snakes that were hidden in the bag of a Palestinian man from Ramallah.
The guards asked the man to open his luggage, and in it they found a plastic box with three rare snakes. The man attempted to smuggle the snakes into Israel.
The three snakes were the Burmese Python, the Albino python and the "milk-skin" snake. The total value of the three rare reptiles is estimated at NIS 4,000 ($1,036).
Snakes found in Palestinian's bag (Photo: Israel Police)
The suspect was immediately taken into custody. According to the police, the suspect admitted to knowingly attempting to smuggle the snakes into Israel for personal possession.
He was released shortly after being questioned. The three snakes were transferred to the Nature and Parks Authority.