Rare frogs die in illegal animal smuggling operation
TWO men have allegedly tried to transport 30 animals with a street value of more than $160,000.
Police pulled over the pair's car on July 13 and a search of the vehicle discovered the animals.
The animals are allegedly 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, which were released into the care of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Two rare frogs perished due to the poor conditions they to which were subjected.
Police say the animals were taken from remote areas of Queensland and Northern Territory.
A 19-year-old Dalby man and 27-year-old Lower Beechmont man will appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on August 7.
They will be charged with nine counts of keeping or using a taken protected animal.