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July 10, 2013

Conservation Officers Seize Venomous Snakes

prairie rattlesnake
A venomous prairie rattlesnake was seized in Newmarket, N.H., in June by Fish and Game Conservation Officers. MEDIA: For high-resolution photo, click on image above.

Newmarket, N.H. – A Newmarket man has been charged with two counts of possessing wildlife without a permit and one charge of selling wildlife without a permit following a June 12, 2013, investigation by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers into information about the sale and possession of venomous snakes.

After an advertisement for a prairie rattlesnake was discovered online, an investigation was initiated that resulted in Fish and Game Conservation Officers taking possession of a Mojave rattlesnake in Newmarket, N.H., the morning of June 12.

Based upon a follow-up investigation, enough information was gathered to apply for a search warrant to get a second venomous snake into safe hands. At 8:15 p.m. that day (June 12), Fish and Game Conservation Officers and a Newmarket Police Officer executed a search warrant at a family residence in Newmarket, with the goal of seizing a prairie rattlesnake that was last known to be in the alleged seller’s possession. The residence was occupied by a couple with a minor child. From the search of the residence, the prairie rattlesnake was located and seized.

The two snakes seized in the investigation were taken to New England Reptile Distributors, a facility in Plaistow that is permitted to hold and take care of venomous reptiles.

The alleged seller, Mark Braswell of Newmarket, has been charged with two counts of possessing wildlife without a permit and one charge of selling wildlife without a permit.

In New Hampshire venomous snakes are considered controlled species, which require permits from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to possess or sell.

No further information is available at this time.

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