Florida Man Faces Charges for Taunting, Killing Rattlesnake

He held a venomous reptile without the appropriate permit


After allegedly posting a video to a social media site of himself harassing and shooting a pygmy rattlesnake on a Leon County roadside, a Tallahassee man faces charges of possessing or capturing a venomous reptile without a permit and discharging a firearm across a public roadway.

According to the weekly Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement report for Oct. 25, in mid-September, Ward Lee Waff "taunted the pygmy rattlesnake continuously…kicked the snake into the roadway, attempting to get a car to run over the snake," and then shot it repeatedly with a .22 caliber rifle, sending it flying off the roadway.

(Hat tip to Mike Riggs)