Man caught illegally possessing 17 rattlesnakes

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, W. Va. (WTRF) – A man in Randolph County was charged with three charges of illegal possession after officers found him in possession of 17 rattlesnakes, the West Virginia Natural Resources Police has said.

According to a post on the WVNRP’s Facebook page, officers received a tip that an individual was allegedly taking snakes from the National Forest to his home in Randolph County.

Officers conducted an investigation, and reportedly found 17 rattlesnakes in the man’s home. 

The man was charged with two counts of illegal possession of a timber rattlesnake, and possession of a rattlesnake less than 42 inches.

The legal minimum length for rattlesnakes in a person’s possession is 42 inches, and the maximum amount a person can own is one. 

The rattlesnakes were returned to dens near where they were allegedly caught.

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