Ala. man accused of hunting, keeping Gila monsters, rattlesnakes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an Alabama man has been indicted after prosecutors say he traveled to Arizona for the past six years to hunt and capture reptiles that are protected by law.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance in Alabama on Tuesday announced the indictment of 43-year-old David Langella of Scottsboro.

The indictment accuses Langella of going to Arizona in 2009 to provide guide services to others for the capture of Gila monsters and Ridge nosed rattlesnakes. Prosecutors say Arizona state law prohibits the hunting and capture of both animals.

Prosecutors say Langella transported some of the illegally captured reptiles back to Alabama for his own collection, and some were distributed to others.

It wasn't known late Tuesday whether Langella has an attorney in the case.