Spanish police grasp pythons and caimans from unlawful Canary Islands zoo

Spanish police have seized dozens of unique animals after finding an unlawful non-public zoo at the island of Gran Canaria.

Officials from the environmental department, Seprona, confiscated greater than 139 particular person creatures from the non-public property.

This incorporated 118 animals which can be categorized as “invasive species” and 21 which can be thought to be “unhealthy animals”.

A dwarf caiman, a ball python, two Burmese pythons, and two bearded dragons have been amongst the ones animals rescued.

Officials introduced an investigation after reviews of “a big selection of non-domestic specimens” within the the town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.

The house owners of the non-public property had lately died, leaving the animals at the back of, in step with a police observation.

Seprona officials contacted a relative of the deceased proprietor and entered the valuables to find the unlawful menagerie.

“A number of the species seized have been a ball python, two Burmese pythons, a dwarf caiman, two bearded dragons, two black-headed turtles, 34 crayfish, a leopard gecko, 46 large African snails, seven snakes, a bullfrog, one long-necked turtle, 8 iguanas, [and] one alligator crocodile,” the observation learn.

“23 Florida tortoises, 13 large blue tongue lisa, 3 African spurred tortoises, 200 rats, 100 mice and an undetermined choice of cockroaches, worms or cricket” have been additionally seized.

“118 of the animals seized have a top reproductive capability and pose a significant issue for the ecosystem, in addition to with the ability to transmit sicknesses which can be unhealthy for people,” police mentioned.

The confiscated animals have been transferred to a close-by rescue centre for unique creatures, they added.

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