Reality show star Ernie Brown, Jr. -- aka "Turtleman" -- is getting shellshocked by accusations from officials in Danville, Ky., who are accusing him of faking a scene for his Animal Planet show by putting snakes into a city pool.
The episode aired June 2 and caught the eye of city officials, who were surprised to discover a poisonous snake had been in the pool without their knowledge. They also had no idea the show had filmed at the pool until the episode aired, WJTV-TV reported.
A subsequent report notes that the cottonmouth snakes that somehow appeared in the pool were actually brought to the pool area, accompanied by a medic, before being captured by Brown, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
"Cottonmouths are not found east of The Jackson Purchase, basically they're in Western Kentucky," Harrison told WKYT-TV, adding that the episode inspired numerous calls from locals worried about potential snake attacks.
"I told them 'Well, those were staged, it's TV,' but they were still freaked out," he said.
The Huffington Post reached out to Animal Planet about the alleged staged snake rescue, but calls were not returned. Freelance producer Karl Hollandt -- who worked on the episode -- answered multiple questions from the Lexington Herald-Leader about the pool scene with one answer: "All I can say is that Turtleman was called with a problem and he came out to help."
After reviewing the report, city officials are trying to figure out how to proceed.
Turtleman isn't the only person coming under fire in this snaky reality show scandal.
Danville tourism official Jennifer Kirchner was forced to apologize after she said during a public meeting that Brown isn't a good representative of the community because “promoting people that don’t have teeth -- this is not the image that we want to go for.”
WATCH: TURTLEMAN TRAPS COTTONMOUTH SNAKES
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Brown's last name as "Brooks."
'Turtleman' Ernie Brown Jr. Accused Of Faking Snake Rescue In Kentucky City Pool (VIDEO)
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