AVA sting nets seller of illegal wildlife

A blue-tongued skink (top) seized by AVA in May. Acting on a tip-off, inspectors also rescued a ball python in a tank (above and right) from a HDB flat on Friday.
A blue-tongued skink (above) seized by AVA in May. Acting on a tip-off, inspectors also rescued a ball python in a tank from a HDB flat on Friday.PHOTOS: AVA, AUDREY TAN, MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
A blue-tongued skink (top) seized by AVA in May. Acting on a tip-off, inspectors also rescued a ball python in a tank (above and right) from a HDB flat on Friday.
A blue-tongued skink seized by AVA in May. Acting on a tip-off, inspectors also rescued a ball python in a tank (above) from a HDB flat on Friday.PHOTOS: AVA, AUDREY TAN, MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
A blue-tongued skink (top) seized by AVA in May. Acting on a tip-off, inspectors also rescued a ball python in a tank (above and right) from a HDB flat on Friday.
A blue-tongued skink seized by AVA in May. Acting on a tip-off, inspectors also rescued a ball python in a tank (above) from a HDB flat on Friday.PHOTOS: AVA, AUDREY TAN, MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A ball python being kept illegally was rescued by Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) inspectors on Friday from an HDB flat in south-eastern Singapore.

Acting on a tip-off, the inspectors waited an hour for the owner of the flat to return, and then walked out 45 minutes later with the tank containing the snake, which is a native of Africa.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline 'AVA sting nets seller of illegal wildlife'. Print Edition | Subscribe