Authorities seize nearly 100 reptiles

August 13, 2009 6:45:09 AM PDT
The owner of Green Desert Reptiles, an Internet-based reptile business, was fined Wednesday and pleaded guilty to violating wildlife laws. Authorities seized 93 snakes and other animals. Police fined 35-year-old Allen Rivera $300 for violating Haywood County's animal control ordinance.

The animals were returned to Rivera, but police ordered him to move the animals out of state. According to police, Rivera took the animals to a business he owns in South Carolina.