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Mar 25, 2014 12:30 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ex-Animal Planet host sentenced for lizard sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The former host of Animal Planet's "Wild Recon" show has been sentenced to two years' probation, 200 hours of community service and $9,000 in fines after admitting to trying to sell two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit.

City News Service reports Donald Schultz received the sentence Monday. In November he made a plea deal with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act.

Prosecutors say Schultz sold the rare lizards for $2,500 to an undercover federal wildlife agent who answered his 2010 offer on Facebook. A federal agent received the lizards in Buffalo, N.Y., and took them into custody.

On his now-canceled show, Schultz parachuted into remote locations to take biological samples from deadly snakes and other dangerous animals.

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