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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man charged with illegally catching and trying to sell venomous eastern timber rattlesnakes has been hospitalized after being bitten by snakes hours after his scheduled court hearing was delayed.

A Fish and Boat Commission spokesman says Cody Short was bitten by eastern timber rattlesnakes Friday night. says that was hours after the delay of his scheduled guilty plea to charges related to the illegal capture and sale of rattlesnakes.

Hospital spokesman Joseph Stender said Short was in critical condition Wednesday.

Short was arrested last summer after he agreed to sell 11 snakes to an undercover agent for $900. He had 22 rattlesnakes at his property near Williamsport.

In February, Short told Pennlive he’s ashamed, and said he caught the snakes to eat them at his 40th birthday party.

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