West Warwick man charged with illegally possessing turtle hatchlings
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Wednesday that a West Warwick man was charged for illegally possessing eastern musk turtles.
Rhode Island Environmental Police searched the man’s home after he offered to sell two of the turtles to undercover officers.
In the home, officers found 16 hatchlings, according to DEM. The man also allegedly advertised the turtles on Craigslist and Facebook.
“The turtles were seized and transferred to Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village, where they have a room dedicated to the care of turtles seized from the illegal turtle trade,” said DEM. “The turtles will be released back into the wild after clearing health screenings and disease testing.”
The turtles are native to Rhode Island and the eastern United States, according to DEM.
The man was charged with 16 counts of possession of a protected reptile of amphibian without a permit.