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A Fort Myers man was taken to the hospital Saturday after he was bitten by a coral snake that he was keeping as a pet.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said Tuesday it is investigating the man. He did not have a license to possess the snake.

"This is another example of the importance of these captive wildlife rules," Capt. Leandro Isambert, a supervisor in the FWC's Southwest Regional office. Isambert said. "Licensed individuals are trained to keep themselves and the animals safe."

For more information on how to properly possess captive wildlife in Florida, visit MyFWC.com/Wildlife and select "Captive Wildlife." To report known or suspected violations, call 888-404-3922 or text Tip@MyFWC.com.

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