A Canadian man caught smuggling nearly 40 turtles in his pants has been fined $2,578 and placed on probation for two years.

Dong Yan was convicted this month of illegally importing reptiles. During an inspection at the Niagara border crossing in June 2014, Canadian border officials discovered 38 turtles strapped to Yan's legs.

Yan is also prohibited from owning turtles and tortoises for 10 years.

Officials say live specimens are often sought for use in the pet and food trade.