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Jacksonville Men Charged for Possessing Venomous Reptiles
Jacksonville Men Charged for Possessing Venomous Reptiles

Two Jacksonville men were arrested Monday for multiple captive wildlife law violations involving venomous snakes and conditional reptile species.

According to a release from Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Robert S. Hayes, 58, and Scott Hayes, 29, were cited when FWC officers executed a search Monday afternoon at the Hayes’ residence.

Two Gaboon vipers, one diamondback rattlesnake and a mangrove snake (venomous snakes), as well as an African rock python, a Burmese python and a green anaconda (conditional species) were allegedly found during the search.

Hayes and his son were charged with possessing a venomous reptile without a permit, possessing a conditional species without a permit, unsafe housing for venomous reptiles and other violations related to safety documentation for the snakes. The two men had been cited in the past for violations related to captive alligators and crocodiles, the release states.

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“Officers and investigators worked together to make this case. During the arrest, members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Animal Control were valuable members of the team,” said FWC Lt. David Lee, investigations supervisor.

The snakes were seized from Hayes and taken to a permitted facility, according to FWC investigators.

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