North Western of Somaliapolice arrest man attempting to smuggle 200 lizards into Egypt
Police in Somaliland’s breakaway area of Somalia arrested a person at an airport as he tried to smuggle 200 lizards into Egypt, they stated on Tuesday.
It was not instantly clear why the suspect was illegally exporting the reptiles, police and wildlife authorities in the realm stated. police.
The arrest was made at Egal Airport within the regional capital of Hargeisa, police stated. The reptiles, which have been wrapped in clothes and hidden in baggage, have been turned over to the Environment Ministry, they stated.
The lizards seemed to be the shield-tailed agama, which may be bought for $ 500 every on pet web sites, however authorities have been unable to verify its Somali identify.
Previous seizures of unlawful wildlife trafficking have concerned birds, North Western of Somaliaofficials stated, including that this was the primary case involving reptiles.