Man Charged With Importing Snakes Illegally

Maidstone, Vt. - Authorities at Vermont Fish & Wildlife say a Connecticut man was charged with wildlife violation for allegedly importing snakes illegally.

Officials say David, Buyak, 42, was keeping eastern hognose snakes in Maidstone.

According to wildlife officials, eastern hognose snakes are found in the wild in Connecticut. Buyak says he captured a male and a female and bred them. Officials found 12 snakes on the property.

A media release states that wardens were notified about the snakes after local officials spoke to Buyak about what they thought was an un-permitted mound septic system. It was actually a snake hibernaculum that Buyak allegedly built for the snakes.

“Vermont’s wildlife importation laws are in place to protect our local ecosystems and our people,” said Sgt. Chad Barrett, Vermont’ exotic species specialist.

“Exotic species can sometimes quickly establish themselves in a new area, which can devastate local plants and animals that are not used to their presence and are often unable to compete with them. Additionally, if someone were to import a dangerous species, that animal could potentially harm someone if it got loose,” added Barrett.

Officials say the snakes have been turned over Rainforest Reptiles in Massachusetts.


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