FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers man was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a coral snake that he was keeping as a pet. He did not have any licenses to possess this snake, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.
In a separate incidient, a Sarasota man was allegedly caught with seven venomous reptiles that he did not have a license for.
FWC investigators charged 20-year-old Nick Mitchell with unlawful possession of the reptiles and several other violations related to the care, keeping and labeling of his animals. Each violation is a misdemeanor charge and punishable by up to $500 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.
The animals, including a gila monster, black monocled cobra, rhino viper, dusky pygmy rattlesnake, black neck spitting cobra and two banded cobras, were seized and placed at a local licensed facility.
For more information on how to properly possess captive wildlife in Florida, visit MyFWC.com/Wildlife and select "Captive Wildlife." To report known or suspected violations, call 888-404-3922 or text Tip@MyFWC.com.