Smugglers at it again

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Smugglers at it again

Postby Hantam » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:40 pm

Found this in the Burger today. Is this not the Simon Harris from KZN? :smt017

http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nu ... s-20120428
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby Herald_23 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:00 pm

Question- which house snake is on the endangered/protected species list, as mentioned?
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby Fooble » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:02 pm

All the animals in the Northern Cape and Western Cape are protected.
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby Mr Venom » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:16 pm

Herald_23 the Fisks house snake is (l. Fiskii)

I believe it the same person Hantam, can anyone confirm?
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby kfc223 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:50 pm

Fooble is right.

About time that poachers/smugglers are caught.
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby jka » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:38 pm

Doesn't matter what species of snakes they are! You have no business coming and poaching stuff in the Western Cape and taking back to KZN if you want to rape go steal your own KZN animals.

And yes that is the same Simon as mentioned. Dodge buggers that they are.
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby Mr Venom » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:54 pm

Well said jka!
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby kfc223 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:56 pm

jka wrote:Doesn't matter what species of snakes they are! You have no business coming and poaching stuff in the Western Cape and taking back to KZN if you want to rape go steal your own KZN animals.

And yes that is the same Simon as mentioned. Dodge buggers that they are.



Agreed!!!! They shouldn't rape our province!
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby Jamster » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:58 pm

Heard about this last weekend...he had Rubida, Caudalis, a few corals, berg adders, tigers, and a few other common snakes. Dont think he had Fisks but he may have picked up a yellow belly in his travels. He was caught on his first day of poaching. Apparently his movements were being watched and they bust him...Awesome work on the behalf of the people involved in catching this person. By all means catch and photograph but poaching species that are already scarce is not on. I dont mind the odd person keeping a herald or a house snake on the other hand.
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby bitis keeper » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:07 pm

Thats exactly how i feel about people poaching namibias dwarf pythons!!
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby Jamster » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:10 pm

Sickening hey. Those few were caught in the first place so that we wouldnt destroy the wild population and so that they could become available in captivity as captive breds. Sadly most of the poaching on a large scale is driven by money..
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby it_bit_me » Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:26 am

Ja Yellowbelly- ,Fisk- and Swazi house snakes are listed as rare in 1988's Red Data Book. I don't know if endangered applies.
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby Bushviper » Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:34 pm

bitis keeper wrote:Thats exactly how i feel about people poaching namibias dwarf pythons!!


Nobody should bother to take Angolan dwarf pythons any more. In the US they are only worth a few hundred dollars and in all the other countries you can buy them as 2nd generation captive bred babies for less than the cost of a plane ticket and accommodation.

With the fines that last guy got for smuggling them into NC it is even cheaper to buy them in SA. His fine was substantial and they confiscated his car and his laptop.

The few adults that have been removed from the wild are enough to supply the entire pet trade. The wild ones are pretty safe where they are. I suppose you will find poachers (compared to collectors) who might still steal them.
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby mgiddings » Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:19 pm

Always the most familiar people who end up being the smugglers hey?
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Re: Smugglers at it again

Postby it_bit_me » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:30 pm

What will happen to these confiscated snakes?
If I'm gonna be an old, lonely man, I'm gonna need a thing, you know, a hook, like that guy on the subway who eats his own face. So I figure I'll be Crazy Man with a Snake, y'know. Crazy Snake Man. And I'll get more snakes, call them my babies, kids won't walk past my place, they will run. "Run away from Crazy Snake Man, " they'll shout!”
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