Staff and technicians from Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, stopped a Czechoslovakian man from boarding a transatlantic flight from Argentina to Spain for carrying 247 animals in his suitcase, according to reports.
The man, 51-year-old Karel Abelovsky, tried to board the transatlantic flight from Buenos Aires to Madrid, Spain, with 247 live animals including poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles when baggage X-ray technicians and staff at the Iberia Airlines desk at Ezeiza Airport noticed organic substances moving inside, according to Agence France-Presse.
After the astonished staff and technicians opened the bag, they found more than 200 reptiles and mollusks, a la Snakes on a Plane, including South American pitvipers, several young boas and two yararas, which can measure up to five feet, jammed inside clear plastic containers.
AFP reports that two of the animals were found dead and that had Abelovsky's suitcase been placed in the plane's cargo area, most of the other animals may have also died because of a lack of oxygen.
The discovery of the animals had actually been made earlier this month on Dec. 7 but only recently came to light. According to AFP, a judge has charged Abelovsky with attempted smuggling, and he faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Researchers suspect that Abelovsky's trafficking attempt was part of an exotic species smuggling ring.
Watch a 30-second clip below via Next Media Animation that outlines the incident: