The Bureau of Customs confiscated a 20-inch long reticulated live python snake concealed inside a Bluetooth speaker which was supposed to be brought to Malaysia.
BOC officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport said the Python snake could grow to as long as 32 feet and swallow a human being or a large animal.
The reticulated python snake was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for proper handling and care.
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero reminded the public that import, export, and trade of wildlife animals without a necessary permit is a violation of Republic Act 9147 or Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act in relation to R.A. 10863 (Customs Modernization and Tariff Act).
Violators may face imprisonment of one year and one day to two years and a fine of P2,000 to P200,000.
BOC-NAIA has been active in protecting the borders against illegal wildlife trade and stopping the entry and exit of contrabands.