5 SEPTEMBER 2011
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Reuters reports that a man was arrested at Miami Airport last week after security screeners said they found snakes and tortoises inside his trousers as he tried to board a flight for Brazil.
The US Transportation Security Administration said the man had seven exotic snakes and three tortoises wrapped in nylon bags that had been stuffed into his pants.
He was discovered as he went through a body scanner at one of the airport's security checkpoints and arrested by US Fish and Wildlife Service officials for violating animal trafficking laws.
Authorities declined to identify the man or offer any explanation for his botched attempt at reptile smuggling.
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