Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Associated Press
SACO — Maine authorities say an Old Orchard Beach man is facing charges after a deadly 5-foot-long viper from Africa was found behind a movie theater in Saco.
The venomous Gaboon viper was found dead in the woods on March 8.
Game Warden Rick LaFlamme said today that 35-year-old Karl Ramsdell is facing state charges of keeping illegal wildlife in captivity, a civil violation, and failure to have an importation permit for wildlife, a criminal violation.
The Maine Warden Service says it issued the two summonses last week.
If convicted of the criminal charge, Ramsdell faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.