Thai authorities intercept wild animal smuggling ring, seize 1,200 snakes

Viper snake

A Tropidolaemus wagleri snake known as Viper. Photographer: LA Dawson Animals courtesy of Designer Atrox.

NONG KHAI, Jan 24 – Police and officials from Thailand’s National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department have arrested three smugglers and seized more than 1,200 snakes and other wild animals worth over Bt1 million en route to the Lao PDR and Vietnam.

Nong Khai provincial police and officials at the provincial wildlife checkpoint, in a combined operation, have arrested three smugglers identified as Saichon Sapimol, 34, a Lao, Thao Thongdaeng Panlang, age 30, 30 years old Lao and one Thai teenager age 17.

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