Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agents have removed 10 venomous reptiles from a man not licensed to possess them.
FWC investigators charged Brian Buchkowski, 28, West Palm Beach, with unlawful possession of the venomous reptiles and several related violations. The snakes were kept in unsafe containers, not properly labeled and he did not have required bite protocol in place.
Each violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to $500 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.
The five copperheads, three monocled cobras, a black and white spitting cobra and a white-lipped pit viper were placed with a licensed individual.“Removing these reptiles was important to protect public safety and the well-being of the animals,” said Lt. Chris Harris of FWC. “There are important captive wildlife rules that need to be followed, particularly where venomous reptiles are concerned. We’re fortunate no one was hurt and we were able to get them to a safe facility where they will be well cared for.”
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