Snakes in a Can

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Scribe: Samuel Otis




Its a challenge anytime a snake seeks to find empathy. But in case of the deadly king cobra I will attempt to get you to feels sorry for this snake who was forced to travel transcontinentally in a potato chip can.

Special agents with the Fish and Wildlife Service tracked shipments of exotic wildlife to and from Rodrigo Franco’s Monterey Park home and patched together the rest of the story after arresting him and confiscating his cell phone.

The 34-year-old, ordered three king cobra’s from a man in Hong Kong, all three snakes approximately 2 ft long coiled into a small chip can. In Franco’s home agents found a live baby Morelet’s Crocodile, snapping turtles, and alligator and five diamond back terrapins.

The animals found are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, where were designed to protect threatened species from illegal trade.  King Cobra’s carry some of the world’s most dangerous venom. The are indigenous to southern China, India and Southeast Asia. Franco faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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