Florida man bitten by poisonous snake may end up in jail for keeping it as pet

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A 19-year-old southwest Florida man could land in jail after recovering from a poisonous snake bite.

Eddie Chamberlain told the News-Press of Fort Myers he was at his girlfriend’s house July 23 and saw the snake threatening a neighbor’s son and cat. He says he grabbed the snake and put it in a fish tank, but it bit him on the thumb Saturdya.

Chamberlain’s parents realized it was a coral snake and rushed him to the hospital. He was treated with anti-venom.

He is on probation for a 2013 breaking and entering charge. If the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission charges him with keeping the snake as a pet and issues a fine, he could be jailed for violation of probation.

The snake was released into the wild.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this post.

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