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Rare wildlife stolen from NT, QLD

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Two men have been charged after police seized more than $160,000 worth of protected reptiles allegedly taken from remote parts Queensland and the Northern Territory.

More than 30 animals, including a black-headed python, blue-tongue lizard as well as rare frogs and lizards, snakes, geckos and skinks, were seized after police intercepted a vehicle in Mount Isa last Thursday.

Two rare frogs died due to the poor, confined conditions.

A 19-year-old man and a 27-year-old man will appear in Mount Isa Magistrates Court on August 7 charged with nine counts of restriction on keeping or using a taken protected animal.


IMAGE/An undated supplied image obtained on Monday, July 17, 2017, of a reptile found during a police vehicle search in Mount Isa on July 13, 2017. Mount Isa police, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, have charged two men following the discovery of more than 30 animals and reptiles with an expected street value of more than $160,000. (AAP Image/ Supplied by Queensland Police)