By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police authorities in tandem with officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in this city has arrested a 17-year-old boy after he was caught selling endangered species of snakes and other reptiles.
A police report indicated that the teenager, whose name remains withheld being a minor, was allegedly found selling the creatures at his store in Barangay Tumaga last Friday.
The DENR raiding team found about 21 plastic jars containing assorted endangered species including two paradise tree snakes, one wolf snake, one file snake, 20 Madagascar hissing cockroaches, five heterometrus longimanus or Asian Forest scorpions, and 11 scolopendra subspinipes centipedes.
The possession and sale of endangered animal species is a violation of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
The suspect was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while the rescued animals were brought to the DENR office.
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