30 reptiles worth more than $160K discovered stashed in car

Two men have been charged after police discovered more than 30 animals and reptiles, worth more than $160,000, during a vehicle stop in Mount Isa.

The pair were pulled over on Old Mica Creek Road on July 13 with officers searching their sedan.

It is then that officers made the shock discovery, allegedly uncovering more than 30 animals listed as protected under the Nature Conservation Act.


The animals seized included a black headed python, blue-tongue lizard as well as rare frogs and lizards, snakes, geckos and skinks.

Police said the two rare frogs perished due to the poor conditions they were subjected to.

PHOTO: myPolice Mount Isa

The animals were allegedly taken in remote areas of the Queensland and Northern Territory wilderness.

A 19-year-old Dalby man and a 27-year-old Lower Beechmont man have been charged with nine counts of restriction on keeping or using a taken protected animal.

They are due to appear in Mount Isa Magistrates Court on August 7.

PHOTO: myPolice Mount Isa

The animals were all released into the care of officials from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.