Man Charged With Selling Alligators, Rattlesnakes

N.C. Wildlife Resources officers arrested a man who allegedly owned and sold illegal reptiles, including alligators and rattlesnakes, according to officers.

Danny Hemby Jr., 29, of Jacksonville was charged by wildlife officers on Saturday with two counts of selling a reptile on the federal endangered species list; two counts of owning and using venomous reptiles; possession of a reptile of special concern; sale of a reptile of special concern; unlawful possession of a reptile without a permit; and commercial taking certain reptiles.

“Special concern” species are wild animals native or once-native to North Carolina that Wildlife Resources determines can be owned in accordance with regulations, according to N.C. General Statutes.

Wildlife Resource officers said Hemby sold two American alligators and had two pygmy rattlesnakes, according to warrants.

In addition, Hemby allegedly sold turtles, according to court documents.