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Florida teen accused of illegally keeping venomous snakes in closet

Posted at 11:49 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 06:57:45-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An 18-year-old Florida man is accused of illegally keeping venomous snakes in a bedroom closet at his Fort Lauderdale home.

A state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report says officials confiscated several snakes found alive, including one copperhead, two canebrakes and seven Carolina pygmies. The report says two other snakes were found dead and rotting in a plastic container that housed a maggot-filled water bowl and a live snake.

The teen was charged with several offenses including not keeping the snakes in an escape-proof room. He appeared in court Tuesday and agreed to complete a misdemeanor diversion program, which will remove the case from criminal court. He was fined $25 and ordered to complete 25 hours of community service.