A Magnitogorsk resident was caught attempting to smuggle two souvenir crocodiles into Russia last week. Although stuffed, the carriage of these animals, which were most likely Siamese crocodiles, is restricted under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Measuring around a metre long apiece, and valued at several hundred dollars, the deceased reptiles were taken through the green channel of Yekaterinburg’s Koltsovo airport by the Russian citizen.
The collector was stopped and his exotic souvenirs were confiscated. He was also fined 1000 roubles for his troubles.