West Virginia man arrested for having 17 rattlesnakes

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — A West Virginia man was arrested by Division of Natural Resource Officers for owning 17 rattlesnakes, which is well over the rattlesnake limit in West Virginia. 

According to DNR officers, the investigation began when they received information about a man catching snakes from the National Forest and then taking them to his home in Randolph County. Officers went to the suspect’s home where they discovered 17 rattlesnakes. 

Officers said the man is charged with two counts of illegal possession of a timber rattlesnake, and possession of a rattlesnake less than 42 inches. No names were released. They said the snakes were taken back to dens near where they were caught.

Officers added in West Virginia, people are only allowed to have one rattlesnake and it must be at least 42 inches or more in length. 

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