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Updated at 10:46 am on 14 November 2012
Officials in Thailand have seized 600 cobras that were due to be smuggled out of the country into Laos.
They were in the back of a truck about 210km south of Bangkok. Police arrested the driver.
Customs officials estimate that the snakes were worth about 500,000 baht ($US16,500: £10,400).
The BBC says Thailand is a major transit hub in the international black market in animal smuggling.
Last month, Thai police rescued 16 tiger cubs also destined for Laos.
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