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Walter Kidd

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — 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.

Walter Kidd, 51, 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.

Credit: The Associated Press.