U.S. Customs agents find cobras inside mail at JFK Airport

Live Juvenile King Cobra Snakes JFK International Mail Facility (Photo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

By The Associated Press, July 12, 2017 

NEW YORK — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents received a slithery surprise when they checked a mail container at Kennedy International Airport.

The agency said Tuesday that officials seized five live king cobras and three geckos during an inspection at the airport mail facility on June 29. Agents first discovered the dangerous contents of the package in an X-ray scan.

The reptiles were sent in a container from Hong Kong.

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