|Scolopendra galapagoensis (File Photo from web)|
Chongqing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau seized two packages which contained centipedes and spiders on Oct. 8, according to Chongqing evening news.
The packages were sent from Poland. The Bureau also seized a package with lizards from Hong Kong last May.
It is said that the centipedes and spiders were put in a thin plastic round plate. Among all centipedes, 6 are Scolopendra galapagoensis which are 30 to 40 centimeter long. They mainly live in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and south Peru. The rest are small ones.
Small live animals and plants are not easily found when they are transited through border. So many people choose to transport overseas species by mail through border to evade the supervision of Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, which is a challenge to mail inspection.
The Bureau has captured 147 batches of contraband articles, up 42.7 percent year-on-year.