When the suitcases were confiscated by airport security and opened, authorities found dozens of soft drink and water bottles inside and sacks containing 50 monitor lizards, 39 cobras, 21 vipers, 20 other smaller lizards and 2 iguanas. Man, that's a lot of mother f-ing snakes, isn't it? Perfecta Hinojosa, regional technical director for the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said that the snakes are considered "threatened species" but there is a large market for them in Thailand for use as medicine, food and even pets. On the black market, the snakes could fetch tens of thousands of dollars, she said.
So, what am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? I'm thankful for not having to fly on a plane with some crazy woman and her suitcases full of snakes. Thanks to an alert x-ray tech, some other people in the Philippines get to be thankful for that too. The woman who was allegedly attempting to smuggle the snakes was held for questioning by authorities but as yet, has made no statement. The snakes had no comment either.