Criminal gangs smuggling native lizards out of Australia to China and Russia ...

Criminal gangs are smuggling native LIZARDS out of Australia in socks and cereal boxes to China and Russia to be sold as pets for top dollar Criminal gangs are smuggling native lizards out of Australia to Asia and Russia The lizards are being moved in socks, cereal boxes and boxes labelled as toys Reptiles of different breeds are being sold for thousands of dollars Nearly 400 reptiles have been seized by the Australian Border Force this year 

By Paula Ahillon For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:46 BST, 3 October 2018 | Updated: 03:05 BST, 3 October 2018

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Criminal gangs are smuggling native lizards out of Australia in socks and cereal boxes to China and Russia to be sold as pets for thousands of dollars. 

Criminal syndicates which include students operating on behalf of smugglers are disguising the reptiles in boxes labelled as toys and baby merchandise as well as school bags and bags of chips.

Some lizards uncovered by the Australian Border Force 'had legs taped together', according to an ABF intelligence report. 

Criminal gangs are smuggling native lizards out of Australia in socks and cereal boxes to China and Russia, where they are sold as pets for thousands of dollars

Criminal gangs are smuggling native lizards out of Australia in socks and cereal boxes to China and Russia, where they are sold as pets for thousands of dollars

Students are responsible for stealing lizards including geckos, goannas and shinglebacks.  

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