Customs officials in India made an unnerving discovery inside check-in baggage last weekend: 22 snakes and a chameleon. (Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs)
Indian customs intercepted baggage containing dozens of animals, including snakes and a chameleon.
The Indian Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs announced the incident in a social media post on Sunday.
"Indian Customs : Guardians of wildlife!" the agency wrote in a post detailing the interception.
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The Indian Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs intercepts a collection of animals at an airport in Chennai. (The Indian Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs / Getty Images)
Customs confiscated 22 snakes and a chameleon from a checked bag at an airport in Chennai.
The snakes were of various species and arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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The animals were seized from the traveler under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act.
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs released video of the incident, which shows the snakes contained in plastic tubs and bins.
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Footage from the interception shows Indian customs officials pulling the snakes out of their containers and handling them on the floor of the airport.