'Wild Recon' host accused of selling rare lizards

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Updated: Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:16:10 EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former host of Animal Planet's "Wild Recon" show has been charged in Los Angeles with selling two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit. City News Service says Donald Schultz, a herpetologist based in Southern California, was charged Thursday with violating the federal Endangered Species Act. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine. A message left for Schultz on his Facebook page wasn't immediately returned Friday. Authorities say Schultz sold the rare lizards for $2,500 to an undercover federal wildlife agent who answered his 2010 offer on Facebook. On his now-canceled show, Schultz would parachute into remote locations to take biological samples from deadly snakes and other dangerous animals.

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