Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Transporting Snakes

A former Cheshire resident pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to two counts of illegally transporting protected wildlife — kingsnakes from North Carolina’s Outer Banks — the U.S. attorney’s office said.

William Carl Bartlett, 65, now of Eastpoint, Fla., admitted to shipping 10 kingsnakes from North Carolina to an individual in Pennsylvania. Before that, Bartlett had collected a male and female kingsnake from North Carolina and bred them in Connecticut, the attorney’s office said in a news release.

In North Carolina, the Outer Banks kingsnake is “designated as a species of concern,” the release said.

Bartlett, “a snake and reptile collector,” admitted that he also transported five Coastal Plain milk snakes from the Chesapeake Forest and the Pocomoke River State Forest in Worcester County, Md., to his home in Cheshire. The snakes were collected in violation of Maryland law, the release said.

Bartlett faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years and a fine of up to $20,000 when he is sentenced on Feb. 28, 2018, the release said.

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