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Hendersonville man faces charges over snakes

Posted August 17, 2011

— A Henderson County man is accused of violating 46 state laws for not having a permit for keeping poisonous snakes in his home. 

Walter Clarence Kidd, 51, of 65 Doe Trail in Hendersonville, was arrested and charged late Monday for violations involving 50 of the seized reptiles. He is free after posting bond on Tuesday. 

Kidd was also issued six citations involving 10 reptiles on the state's protected wild animal list and one charge of possessing five or more individuals of native reptile species without a permit. 

Officials took 60 reptiles from his mobile home earlier this month. The reptiles were taken to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Kidd suffered a near-deadly bite from an exotic snake, which led authorities to search his home.

Kidd is due in court on Sept. 29.


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  • fatkatts2 Aug 19, 2011

    Haha. Good quote from "Kill Bill."

  • froggygirl Aug 17, 2011

    So if he goes to jail, will someone else move in? Hope they found all the snakes.

  • sjb2k1 Aug 17, 2011

    "The venom of a black mamba can kill a human in four hours, if, say, bitten on the ankle or the thumb. However, a bite to the face or torso can bring death from paralysis within 20 minutes." Now, you should listen to this, 'cause this concerns you. "The amount of venom that can be delivered from a single bite can be gargantuan." You know, I've always liked that word, "gargantuan" … I so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence. "If not treated quickly with antivenom, 10 to 15 milligrams can be fatal to human beings. However, the black mamba can deliver as much as 100 to 400 milligrams of venom from a single bite."

  • beachblues1 Aug 17, 2011

    Looks like some trailers can be hazardous to your health !!!

  • corgimom06 Aug 17, 2011

    Its the Gene Police telling him, "You! Out of the pool!"

  • US VET Aug 17, 2011

    Leave him alone... he'll get his just reward in time..

  • MPS Aug 17, 2011

    What kind of snake bit him?

  • mike honcho Aug 17, 2011

    50 deadly snakes in a trailer, I cant see the problem with that.