110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted Mar 27, 2013 - 5:09:18pm
A DeLand man was arrested March 25 after officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said he hid an alligator snapping turtle in his washing machine under some dirty clothes.
Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Joy Hill said the snapping turtle is a threatened species in Florida. She said wildlife officers investigated Arneek Wright, 43, after one of his neighbors telephoned the agency, claiming Wright had snakes he wasn't supposed to have in his home at 1544 S. Boundary Ave.
At the house, Hill said, officers found 10 pythons, along with lizards and turtles. Wright was not home when the search was conducted.
The serpents were not illegal.
"The snakes were all ball pythons, which are allowed without a permit," Hill said.
The one animal not allowed was the turtle.
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