Snakes, crocodiles in Ratmalana house

29 January 2012 04:01 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A wide variety of crocodiles and snakes were recovered by Wildlife Conservation Officials during a raid on a house at the Ratmalana Sirilmalwatte housing scheme last Saturday.

Among them were dead creatures found in a huge gunny bag and nine bottles which were also seized during the raid. The live creatures included three crocodiles, a tortoise, two pythons, a cobra and a viper.

Range Wildlife Conservator N.G. Wimalaratne said the snakes had been packed in gunny bags and bottles and left to die while the contents oozing from the decaying carcasses were collected into vessels. He said the shells of snake eggs were found in a wooden container and that was a clear indication that they were bred and killed.

The Wildlife Conservation Department suspects the possibility of a racket with international affiliation. However a 28-year-old man suspected for the illegal trade was away from home at the time of the raid and they received information that he was on a visit to the Yala sanctuary. The officials submitted a report to the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate who ordered that the suspect be arrested and produced in courts on February 13. (Kusal Chamath)
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  • Tomiya Monday, 30 January 2012 08:13 AM

    Not even close to the parliament!

    nalaka weerakody Sunday, 29 January 2012 04:48 PM

    i think he abducted snakes and crocodiles from yala....

    sltk2004 Monday, 30 January 2012 02:44 AM

    If the contents oozing from the decaying carcasses were being collected into containers, may be this guy was making some kind of medicine or drink?

    Sylvia Monday, 30 January 2012 03:13 AM

    I believe this young man was rescuing injured animals, and re-introducing them back into the wilds when they had recovered.

    Roy Rogers Monday, 30 January 2012 06:59 AM

    It looks like these are collected to send abroad, there is good market for these kind of reptiles in some part of the world. the wild life authorities must carry out a proper investigation.


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