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Newmarket man charged with possessing venomous snakes

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials – alerted by an online ad offering a rattlesnake for sale – have seized two snakes and arrested a man in Newmarket.

Mark Braswell faces two counts of possessing wildlife without a permit and one count of selling wildlife without a permit.

Officials said their investigation began June 12, when they took possession of a Mojave rattlesnake that had been advertised. They said they developed enough information to obtain a search warrant for a Newmarket home, where a second rattlesnake was located and seized.

The snakes were taken to New England Reptile Distributors in Plaistow, which is licensed to care for venomous snakes.

The announcement by Fish and Game officials was made a day after a 3-foot-long alligator was caught in Newmarket’s Lamprey River.

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