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Venomous snake bite leads police to alligators in Wisconsin home

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Ben Hooper
A police officer removes an alligator from a St. Francis, Wis., home where a man was bitten by a venomous snake Tuesday. Screenshot: WISN-TV
A police officer removes an alligator from a St. Francis, Wis., home where a man was bitten by a venomous snake Tuesday. Screenshot: WISN-TV

ST. FRANCIS, Wis., April 27 (UPI) -- Authorities in Wisconsin said a venomous snake bite led to the removal of six snakes and two alligators from a St. Francis home.

St. Francis police said hospital staff contacted authorities about 6 p.m. Tuesday to report a man had been admitted with a bite from a venomous snake.

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Officers responded to the home with Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control crews and removed six snakes from the residence. It was unclear how many of the snakes were venomous.

Police said animal control officers returned to the home Wednesday morning and seized two alligators and a monitor lizard. A spider was also removed from the home, police said.

The man who suffered the venomous snake bite was released from the hospital Wednesday morning.

Animal control said it will care for the animals while police conduct an investigation.

Police said more than two dozen reptiles had previously been removed from the home by authorities in 2011 and 2014.

Investigators said the home's resident could face municipal fines for illegally keeping exotic pets.



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