Customs officers in the Philippines were on Monday when they discovered 757 live tarantulas, stored in gift-wrapped boxes of biscuits and oatmeal.
The spiders were transported from Poland to Manila International Airport before the officers.
The Philippine man, who tried to claim the hairy arachnids, was arrested. IN THE "NO REASON" AREA, POLICE OF THE WORLD
The tarantulas have been declared "collection items". plastic containers.
According to officials, the cargo cost about $ 5,900.
In the Philippines, the sale, collection or possession of popular arachnids is illegal without a license.
Despite threats of heavy fines and imprisonment, hundreds were seized by airport customs inspectors in Manila. last year, including geckos, iguanas, chameleons and a popular reptile called bearded dragon. They found 1529 turtles hidden in luggage at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. of the turtles were also found wrapped in tape, according to photos shared by the agency.
Species, including the star turtle, found in the luggage the dwarves, the red-breasted slider and the Sulcata Tortoise, the last of which was listed as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the BBC reported.
Fox News Michael Bartiromo and Associated Press contributed to this report.