By Paula Ahillon For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:46 BST, 3 October 2018 | Updated: 03:05 BST, 3 October 2018
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
Students are responsible for stealing lizards including geckos, goannas and shinglebacks.
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