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Saltwater crocodiile 08.15.2012 buyer beware

Saltwater crocodile

Reptile skin purseWhoa, look at that handbag! It's attractive, yet repelling all at the same time. You can't help but stare. In fact, while browsing through the shops and bazaars on your walkabout, you've noticed a few different purses and wallets that would amaze and entertain your friends back home.

Purses, wallets, boots, and belts, of all shapes and sizes are made from a variety of cold-blooded critters like lizards, snakes and crocodiles. But think twice before you buy. Many reptile species are protected by CITES and are either prohibited from trade or require special permits. So, when you pass through U.S. customs, officials could delay you with questions about that purse which you've bought. You'd miss your connecting flight AND could be slapped with a hefty fine.

Now, what do you think about that purse? Be smart and save time. It's easier to check with US Customs before you leave home about what you can and can't bring back. That way, you won't be leaving the airport carrying all of your belongings in your pockets.