Someone in Manitoba was in for a slithering surprise if Canada Post staff didn’t detect something suspicious with a package making its way through the distribution centre in Richmond earlier this month.
According to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, inspectors found three venomous mountain pit viper snakes within a package on its way to Manitoba.
After receiving notification of the package, conservation officers visited the Canada Post branch and found two dead snakes, and the third alive inside the box after escaping the container it was originally placed in.
Vipers are considered very dangerous, and there is currently no anti-venom that exists for the species in Canada – therefore making the snakes illegal in British Columbia.
It’s important to point out however, laws pertaining to possessing exotic creatures differ across areas of the country.
Officials have launched an investigation on the package, and will determine the fate of the surviving snake once the investigation is complete. They will also look to see if anyone in British Columbia is connected to importing the venomous snake.