Owner Could Get Deadly Snakes Back


HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., Aug. 11 (UPI) — The owner of 60 venomous reptiles that were seized from his home by authorities in North Carolina will get them back if he is not charged, officials say.

The snakes and lizards, along with nearly 100 frozen dead reptiles, were confiscated from Walter Kidd’s mobile home last week after one of the snakes bit Kidd, the (Hendersonville, N.C.) Times-News reported.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, where the reptiles are being held, identified 10 types of rattlesnakes, three species of cobras, five Gila monster lizards and a Gaboon viper as some of the species seized from Kidd.

Alvin Braswell, deputy director of operations at the museum, said the snakes and lizards will remain in custody at the museum until law enforcement officials decide whether to cite Kidd with criminal charges. If Kidd is charged, the snakes will stay at the museum.

However, should Kidd not be charged, the reptiles will be released to him.

A photo album of reptiles on Kidd’s Facebook page is titled “My ‘Kids'” with a description that reads “These are some of my ‘children,’ they are a lot easier to take care of than the so-called ‘normal kids!'”

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