Man Had Venomous Snake Without Proper Permit

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials have charged a central Florida man with having a venomous snake in his home without the proper permit.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday said the man was charged last month after an eastern diamondback
rattlesnake was found in an unlocked cage on a back porch.

The man was also issued two warnings for improper caging.

The snake was confiscated.

The eastern diamondback is a large rattlesnake native to Florida.

Adults can grow to an average of 3-6 feet in length and can weigh up to 10 pounds.

It is illegal to possess or transport these snakes without a permit.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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