Tweet of the Day, Snakes In The Mail edition.

Believe it or not, the title is not all you need. There’s a key detail in this one that’s missing.

To wit, this lunatic sent king cobras through the mail. And apparently he had gotten another twenty or so through, only they had all died. …We sure about that?  I mean, a guy who is crazy enough to smuggle cobras via potato chip cans is easily crazy enough to lie about how many of them survived the trip. I’d like to have somebody check, please.

Moe Lane

PS: Apparently you need nerves of steel to work the Hong Kong department of the US Customs service.


  • jeboyle says:

    KING Cobras???

    Crikey, those things will hunt PEOPLE.

  • Compound says:

    Heh. I’ve done work with a company that ships reptiles. They’d be shocked at the unprofessionalism here.
    And yes, they’d likely be dead. It’s recommended that a snake that size be shipped in a box about the size of the GURPS Dungeon Fantasy box, to use something that you likely have around. Plus, you’d need to overnight it as well (having a critter in transit multiple days greatly shoots up the mortality rate) as have a heat or cold pack it there (reptiles don’t respond well to extreme temps and there’s no mention of what time of year they caught him). Plus, be in a package that allows air in, because, well, you know. So this doesn’t seem like a process where the snakes would have survived.

  • Cameron says:

    Comment from a friend of mine who works with Department of Agriculture out in California:
    I intercepted a rattlesnake and a rhinoceros viper at FedEx in 2016, in a box marked “live harmless reptiles”. People are all kinds of stupid.

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