Animal Cruelty Charges, Bundaberg West

Police have charged a 22-year-old Moore Park Beach man with 26 counts of serious animal cruelty after snakes, both dead and alive, were found in a vehicle.

At approximately 7.10pm on Saturday, March 2, police intercepted a vehicle on Woongarra Street, Bundaberg, in relation to traffic matters.

During the intercept, police allegedly located 13 living snakes and 13 deceased snakes in various states of decomposition and containment throughout the vehicle.

The majority of the snakes were types of pythons.

Detectives from the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch attended the scene, seized the snakes and transported them to an emergency animal hospital where vets examined and treated the living animals.

The surviving snakes were given to a local wildlife rescue organisation for continued care.

The 22-year-old Moore Park Beach man has been issued with a notice to appear at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on April 22.

Police remind the public that snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

For more information, please visit the Queensland Government website:,in%20maintaining%20the%20natural%20environment.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at or call 131 444.

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