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Cody L. Short, 41, of Trout Run, is charged with serious unlawful taking of rattlesnakes in Lycoming County. Image credit: Kyle Fawcett

The Trout Run man whose left leg was amputated after being bitten by unlawfully taken timber rattlesnakes inside a port-a-john waived his preliminary hearing this week, court records stated.

Cody L. Short, 41, of Cogan House Township, had a metal prosthetic leg when he appeared before District Judge William C. Solomon to waive his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, court sources stated.

Short reportedly severed the tails off six rattlesnakes without a venomous snake permit on May 24, 2019, around 7:17 p.m., according to the affidavit by PA Fish & Boat Commission Sergeant Emmett Kyler III. 

"None of the snakes survived. We had to euthanize them," Sergeant Kyler said.

Short self-reported multiple rattlesnake bites and was treated at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

State police and Sergeant Kyler responded to the scene and discovered six timber rattlesnakes inside a green port-a-john potty. Five of the rattlesnakes had severed tails above the rattles and were bleeding severely, according to the affidavit.

A search of Short's cabin revealed six timber rattlesnake rattles, which "were found on a bench inside the cabin with fresh blood and portions of flesh attached," Sergeant Kyler wrote.

The 2019 venomous snakes season was from June 8 to July 31. Only one snake may be possessed per season with a valid permit.

Short had taken the snakes during the closed season without a valid fishing license or venomous snake permit, according to the affidavit.

Short was held for court Wednesday on one count each of second degree misdemeanor serious unlawful taking - three or more times daily limit and summary of sale of certain fish, reptiles and amphibians prohibited.

His bail was set at $1,500 unsecured. 

In a separate rattlesnake incident, Short pleaded guilty to second degree misdemeanor serious unlawful taking on Oct. 14, 2019. He is scheduled to be sentenced by President Judge Nancy L. Butts on April 14, 2020. 

He is also scheduled to be sentenced for a 2017 incident where he shot 12 bucks at the Whitetail Mountain Lodge property in Cogan Station, PennLive reported. Short admitted to cutting off the deer's heads with a knife, removing the antlers and leaving the carcasses.

In that case, Short pleaded guilty to one third degree felony count of criminal mischief, two third degree felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, two first degree misdemeanor counts of possession of a weapon, and two third degree misdemeanor counts of agricultural trespasser posted land.

Cody Short - Docket sheet

Cody Short- Docket sheet

Cody Short - Docket sheet