Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Illegal Venomous Snakes Found in Mail Canada Post Distribution Centre in B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Illegal Venomous Snakes Found in Mail Canada Post Distribution Centre in B.C

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Venomous snakes caught at Canada Post B.C. centre

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RICHMOND, B.C. - A slithering surprise was discovered in a package mailed from China at a Canada Post distribution centre in British Columbia last week.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service said three venomous mountain pit vipers were inside a package destined for Manitoba.

Insp. Murray Smith said the service received a call from the Richmond mail branch reporting the discovery of live snakes.

Two of the snakes were already dead, while the third had escaped its container and was found loose in a larger box.

The surviving snake was successfully caught and is being handled by specialists.

Deputy Chief Chris Doyle said the vipers are dangerous and no antivenin exists for the species in Canada.

Although the snakes are illegal under B. …

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