A West Virginia man was arrested after officers with the state’s Pure Sources Police found he had been catching rattlesnakes from a close-by nationwide forest and protecting them in his dwelling in Randolph County.
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The investigation was sparked after officers acquired details about unlawful rattlesnake possession, finally main them to the person’s dwelling, the place they discovered 17 rattlesnakes, West Virginia Pure Sources Police mentioned in a web-based assertion this week.
The person, who has not but been recognized, was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a timber rattlesnake and possession of a rattlesnake lower than 42 inches. In West Virginia, residents can solely have one rattlesnake and it have to be at the very least 42 inches in size, based on officers.
The dimensions restrict was put in place to make sure a “regular provide of breeding-age females,” as feminine timber rattlesnakes are sometimes smaller than males, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
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The rattlers had been later returned to the dens close to the place they had been first captured, West Virginia Pure Sources Police mentioned.