A U.S. citizen, 38-year-old Calvin Bautista, decided to fake a little while visiting Canada. Back in the summer of 2018, in a reptile store in Montreal, he bought three Burmese pythons for $2.5 thousand, and tried to transport them to the United States, hiding them in his pants. Mr. Bautista was returning from Montreal to New York by bus, “packed” the pythons in snake bags, and hid the bags in pants near the inside of the thigh.

It is not known exactly what U.S. customs and border officials thought when they saw that Mr. Bautista’s trousers were moving – but it is unlikely that he was just very happy to see them. The pythons were confiscated, the case went to court, and this year the unsuccessful smuggler was finally sentenced to a year in prison (suspended) and fined $5,000. Burmese pythons, which unwittingly became passengers on the Montreal-New York bus route, are one of the largest non-venomous snakes in the world, can reach a length of up to 6.5 m, and live naturally in Asia. The import of Burmese pythons is regulated by US federal regulations, according to which these snakes are classified as dangerous to humans.

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