Cobras Shipped to Los Angeles Man in Potato Chip Cans
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A man in Los Angeles was arrested on Tuesday for illegally bringing Asian reptiles, including three king cobra snakes, into the United States.
The snakes were hidden inside cans of potato chips.
In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found a package from Hong Kong that contained the three snakes as well as three turtles.
The agents thought there might be illegal drugs inside the potato chip cans. They were surprised to see something moving inside when they opened them. The snakes were about half a meter long.
The turtles were albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers the turtles "vulnerable."
Government agents took the cobras, but permitted the turtles to be delivered to the home of Rodrigo Franco.
Agents later got permission to search Franco's home. Inside, they found a lot of rare reptiles, including a crocodile and more species of turtles.
Government lawyers say all of the animals are protected under U.S. law.
The agents found a cell phone with messages from a person in Hong Kong. In one of the messages, Franco asked the person what he should feed the cobra snakes.
The answer? Other snakes.
Cobras live in the rainforests and flat lands of India, China and Southeast Asia. They have some of the most dangerous poison in the world.
Franco told government agents he received 20 more snakes, but they had all died. Agents do not believe him, however, based on messages they found on his phone.
Of the cobras found in the potato chip cans, two survived. They are now being cared for at a zoo.
The story was a trending topic on social media Wednesday. One person on Twitter wanted to know how you could get a large snake to coil up inside a small can.
Another person responded: "very carefully."
One Twitter user compared the experience of opening a can and finding a snake to the surprise of opening and reading his emails.
Franco has been charged with illegally importing merchandise. If found guilty, he could spend up to 20 years in prison.
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1.potato chip 薯片
Have you ever eaten a casserole made completely with canned ingredients and a potato chip crust?
2.be charged with 被控告...
He is charge with three serious offence.
3.found guilty 被判有罪
They were found guilty of murder.
4.spend up 用尽；花光
Harvard says it expects to spend up to twenty-two million dollars more a year in financial aid.
1.One person on Twitter wanted to know how you could get a large snake to coil up inside a small can.
coil up 盘；卷
A snake can coil itself up or coil around a branch.
Please coil the rope up and throw it to me.
2.The agents thought there might be illegal drugs inside the potato chip cans.
illegal drugs 违禁药物；毒品
I have never taken illegal drugs.
He repeated that he had never knowingly taken illegal drugs.
起初，工作人员以为薯片筒内的是违禁药物，但当他们打开薯片筒后，居然发现里面有东西在动 。这些眼镜蛇约半米长 。
而乌龟是白化中华鳖 。国际自然保护联盟认为这些乌龟“生命力弱” 。
随后，工作人员获准搜查弗朗哥的住址 。他们在屋内发现了很多稀有的爬行动物，包括鳄鱼和其他乌龟品种 。
工作人员还发现了一部与香港人联络的手机 。弗朗哥在一条短信中询问香港人应该如何喂养眼镜蛇 。
眼睛蛇生活在印度、中国与东南亚地区的雨林和平地 。其毒性堪称世界之最 。
弗朗哥向政府人员表示，他收到过20多条蛇，但都死掉了 。然而，鉴于他手机中显示的信息，工作人员很难相信他的话 。
薯片筒里的眼镜蛇有两条活了下来 。他们正在动物园接受照料 。
周三，该新闻成为各大社交媒体的热门话题 。一位推特网友好奇他们是如何将一条巨蛇塞进薯片筒内的 。
弗朗哥因非法进口货物的罪名被起诉 。一旦罪名成立，他将面临入狱20年的刑罚 。