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Could you please remove your leg, sir?


Airline security staff may not be looking for kittens or monkeys. But they are aware of the illegal trade in
endangered reptiles. So how do you transport three iguanas across the world?

No Spare Leg

US prosecutors claim that a Californian Jereme James stole the bright green lizards from a nature reserve in Fiji. James then smuggled the iguanas back to the United States by hiding them in a special compartment in his prosthetic leg.

This not surprising. Airline staff are not trained to say, ‘Could you please take your leg off, sir?’ And most iguana smugglers don’t have a
spare leg.

Mr James now faces up to five years in prison