Illegal snake pit bust by EL cops and Scorpions

Eleven more snakes found at an illegal snake pit have joined this Columbian boa constrictor at Venom Snake Pit Park. Police found the constrictor in a car in the EL CBD on Monday.
Eleven more snakes found at an illegal snake pit have joined this Columbian boa constrictor at Venom Snake Pit Park. Police found the constrictor in a car in the EL CBD on Monday.  Image: Supplied
The Green Scorpions and East London police uncovered an illegal exotic snake pit this week, recovering 11 illegally kept snakes.

The slithery bust happened on Monday, the same day the SAPS K9 Unit and the Green Scorpions pounced on two suspects in the East London city centre for being in possession of a 2m boa constrictor.

Ellias Jabii, 34, and Obrie Mtuwa, 39, were arrested in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Nemba).

Section 71 (1) criminalises those found in possession of an invasive species without a permit, said East London police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hazel Mqala.

The two were arrested after the police were tipped off about a black Golf GTI with a “big” snake in the boot.

East London police find python in boot of vehicle

Manager of the Venom Pit Snake Park on the N6, Juan Marillier, who captured the snake, identified it as a Columbian boa constrictor, an alien invasive species snake.

“The snake has been placed into our care at the Venom Pit Snake Park.”

It is 11km from East London on the Stutterheim road.

“These snakes can be obtained easily in the reptile pet trade in SA, with baby Columbian boas costing as little as R300 and an adult from R1,500.”

Malibongwe Dayimani.

 

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