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Red-spitting cobra, other critters seized from Boca Raton apartment

Here's what lurked in a Boca Raton apartment: a red-spitting cobra, a puff adder, a uracoan rattlesnake, two false cobras and a small alligator.

State wildlife officers have seized the reptiles from their owner, Tyler Nolan, of Pacific Boulevard, and cited him for a variety of violations, including possession of venomous reptiles without a permit, the Miami Herald reports. The snakes were turned over to a facility licensed to keep them and the alligator was released into the wild.

A report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that an investigator had received information that Nolan had the reptiles without a permit. The investigator went to the apartment building at 5653 Pacific Blvd. and met Nolan in the parking lot. Nolan allowed him to inspect his animals, claiming he was in the process of obtaining licenses for them.

All the reptiles had been housed in secure enclosures, under lock and key, according to the report. The investigator returned the next day with two other agents and they seized the reptiles.

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