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NC man loses $49k collection of poison snakes

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HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) -- A Henderson County man is losing his exotic reptile collection worth nearly $50,000 after law officers found dozens of venomous lizards and snakes stashed in a western North Carolina mobile home.

Fifty-one-year-old Walter Kidd of Hendersonville pleaded guilty Friday to 30 misdemeanor charges of possessing endangered animals and failing to properly label containers of poisonous snakes. Police seized the reptiles in August after Kidd was bitten by an exotic venomous snake and rushed to a hospital. Officers said the trailer was packed with snakes in plastic containers that represented a potentially lethal situation.

Kidd's attorney said the animals including vipers and Gila monsters were not a danger because they were kept inside his home.

The creatures were taken to the state natural sciences museum in Raleigh after being confiscated.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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No such thing as poisonous snakes

Snakes can be venomous, not poisonous and the two words are not interchangeable. Something you eat that makes you sick is poisonous. Something that has to bite or sting you is venomous.