BRIDGEPORT (AP) — A man who illegally collected endangered snakes and shipped them to his home has been sentenced to three years’ probation. Federal prosecutors say William Carl Bartlett, formerly of Cheshire, was also ordered Thursday to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 300 hours of community service.
Prosecutors say Bartlett illegally took two kingsnakes from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and brought them to Connecticut to breed. In July 2012, he shipped 10 kingsnakes to a person in Pennsylvania. Officials said he also collected five coastal plain milk snakes in Maryland in 2015 and brought them to Connecticut.
Bartlett now lives in Eastpoint, Florida.