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'Wild Recon' host admits to selling rare lizards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former host of Animal Planet's "Wild Recon" show has admitted he offered to sell two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit.

City News Service says 36-year-old Donald Schultz pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

As part of a plea deal, Schultz is expected to be sentenced Jan. 28 to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service. Prosecutors also proposed a $6,000 fine and $3,000 restitution.

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Schultz's attorney didn't immediately return a call and an email message seeking comment.

Schultz offered to sell the rare lizards for $2,500 to an undercover federal wildlife agent who answered his 2010 offer on Facebook.

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

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