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Hendersonville man faces charges over snakes

Posted August 17, 2011 4:51 p.m. EDT

— 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.