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Two German nationals arrested in Northern Cape for trafficking endangered reptiles

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Close-up of a group of armadillo girdled lizards.

Close-up of a group of armadillo girdled lizards.

PHOTO: Thorsten Spoerlein/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Johannesburg
– Two German nationals were arrested near Askham, in the Northern Cape, for
catching endangered reptiles including armadillo lizards with the intention of
selling them illegally, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the
Environment said on Sunday.

The
two suspects were arrested on Friday close to the borders with Botswana and
Namibia, on the edge of the Kalahari desert, the department said in a
statement.

The
men were also carrying illegal drugs, it said.

The
department said the German pair intended to smuggle armadillo lizards, geckos
and tortoises “out of South Africa into the lucrative international exotic
pet trade”.

Their
arrest was the result of a joint operation by police forces, national parks and
environment officials, the statement said.

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