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Tourist with lizards in shorts jailed

Tourist with lizards in shorts jailed

Christchurch, New Zealand -- A German visitor who tried to smuggle 44 skinks and geckos out of New Zealand in his underpants is getting a longer vacation than he planned.

Hans Kurt Kubus was sentenced Tuesday to 14 weeks in jail, TVNZ reported. He appeared at a hearing in Christchurch District Court.

Kubus was arrested at the Christchurch Airport after a search by customs inspectors who became suspicious of his nervousness. They discovered he was wearing specially designed underwear with eight pockets that allowed him to store 20 skinks and 24 geckos separated by species.

The lizards can be sold for as much as $2,000 to collectors.