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Man caught smuggling three live Burmese pythons in his pants

By T.K. Randall
October 7, 2022 · Comment icon 2 comments

Burmese pythons are a major problem in parts of the US. Image Credit: Everglades NPS
Officers caught the bungling smuggler with the enormous reptiles attached to the insides of his trouser legs.
According to reports, the culprit - 36-year-old Calvin Bautista - was arraigned earlier this week and is facing federal charges after officers apprehended him in Upstate New York back in 2018.

The snakes, which can grow up to 16ft in length, had been carefully concealed inside his pants (it's difficult to imagine trying to act naturally with multiple giant snakes down your trousers).

Burmese pythons are considered an invasive species in the US and it is illegal to bring them into the country.
If found guilty, Bautista could face a fine of up to $250,000 and a jail sentence of up to 20 years.

The species was first introduced in the Florida Everglades in the 1980s and has since gained a significant foothold, resulting in a major decline in raccoons, opossums and bobcats as well as the near total disappearance of some rabbit and fox species.

Wildlife officials have since spent years attempting to remove the reptiles from the region.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Guyver 2 years ago
There is so much wrong with this story, I don’t even know where to begin.  I guess the man in the story should be thankful the large pythons didn’t decide to eat the smaller of the trouser snakes…. Anyway, glad they caught him.  These reptiles have become a huge problem in Florida.
Comment icon #2 Posted by and-then 2 years ago
I can just hear the CBP or Customs agent: Sir, is that a snake in your pocket or are you REALLY glad to see me?   Seriously, though, If these have already run amok in Florida, what incentive would he have to risk a quarter million dollar fine and 20 years behind bars?

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