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Updated Oct 12, 2012 - 9:59 am

Southerner sentenced for taking Arizona reptiles

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man has been sentenced for the illegal
possession, transportation and sale of protected reptiles he captured in
Arizona.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn in Birmingham sentenced David
Langella, 43, of Scottsboro, to three years of probation for violating a federal law
that prohibits the transportation and sale of wildlife taken in violation of
state, federal or Indian tribal law.

Langella was accused of traveling to Arizona to capture reptiles like Gila
monsters and ridge-nosed rattlesnakes and taking them back to Alabama for his
own collection. The ridge-nosed rattlesnake is the state reptile of Arizona.

A Gila monster is a large poisonous lizard native to the southwest United
States and northwest Mexico.

Blackburn on Tuesday ordered Langella to spend the first four months of
probation under home confinement.

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