A former Cheshire man pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally transporting snakes to and from Connecticut.
William Carl Bartlett, 65, of Eastpoint, Florida, formerly of Cheshire, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal counts of illegally transporting protected wildlife.
Bartlett is free on bond and is scheduled to be sentenced in February. He faces up to two years in prison.
A snake and reptile collector, Bartlett shipped 10 Outer Banks kingsnakes via overnight mail from Connecticut to a person in Emporium, Pennsylvania in July 2012, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. Prior to the shipment, Bartlett collected a male and female kingsnake from the Outer Banks, North Carolina, where the snake is designated as a species of special concern. He then bred the snakes in Connecticut.
Between April 29 and May 13, 2015, Bartlett transported five Coastal Plain milk snakes from the Chesapeake Forest and the Pocomoke River State Forest in Worcester County, Maryland, to his Connecticut home, in violation of Maryland law, the statement said.