Bid to smuggle in 58 lizards, 8 tortoises foiled by Malaysian authorities

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Malaysia has foiled an attempt to smuggle dozens of bearded dragon lizards and tortoises into the country from neighbouring Thailand to be sold as pets. Two Thais and a Malaysian were arrested last Thursday as they crossed the border with 58 bearded dragons and eight African spurred tortoises hidden inside their vehicle. Both animals are popular pets in Malaysia but it is illegal to take them into the country without permits. The vulnerable African spurred tortoise is known for having a pleasant temperament, while the bearded dragon is a popular pet due to its hardy and tame nature.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2017, with the headline 'Bid to smuggle in 58 lizards, 8 tortoises foiled by Malaysian authorities'. Print Edition | Subscribe