Canada: Reptile rustlers busted at border

Image via http://turtlecareguide.netThat must have been one wild ride.

A Niagara-on-the-Lake nab has admitted to illegally loading up his van with more than 1,000 reptiles and trying to sneak them across the Canada-U.S. border.

Andrew Fruck, 32, pleaded guilty in a St. Catharines, Ont., court Friday to trying to smuggle more than 1,000 tortoises, turtles, boa constrictors and pythons.

Canadian border guards at the Queenston-Lewiston bridge found a slew of reptiles hidden behind panels of the vehicle during a search on Sept. 15, 2009.

Among the critter contraband were seven types of endangered species: 15 red-footed tortoises, three leopard tortoises, two elongated tortoises, 14 African-spurred tortoises, three macklot pythons, two forsten tortoises and six rainbow boa constrictors.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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