10 snakes, 3 lizards found in I-75 traffic stop

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CANTON, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials are investigating after 10 snakes and three lizards were found in a car during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 north of Atlanta.

Authorities say Cherokee County sheriff's deputies pulled the car over on Interstate 75 Monday. Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings tells WSB-TV that an Indiana driver had 10 snakes and three different lizard species in the car.

Cummings said the snakes were not venomous. She said species included corn, coachwhip, pine, king and Southern hognose snakes - all native to Georgia - plus a rosy boa, a non-native snake.

Authorities said the driver told them he caught the snakes in Florida and was taking them to Indiana. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also is investigating.

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