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Report: Florida man offered 2 reticulated pythons to officer

June 12, 2018

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man tried to sell members of the longest snake species in the world to an undercover officer.

The Sun-Sentinel cites a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that says authorities received a tip that two reticulated pythons were listed for sale online. An undercover officer then met with Cody Griffin in a parking lot of a TGI Friday’s restaurant in Coral Springs.

The two juvenile snakes were seized and turned over to a licensed facility. Each was about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, but the southern Asia natives can grow up to 20 feet (6 meters). A special permit is required to own a reticulated python in Florida.

Griffin was cited for six misdemeanors. He told the newspaper he didn’t know his actions were illegal.

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Information from: Sun Sentinel , http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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