A former host of a U.S. nature show has pleaded guilty to charges of selling endangered lizards.

South African Tv star and animal expert Donald Schultz, who hosted Animal Planet's Wild Recon show as well as Animal Intervention, admitted selling two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit.

The creatures were sold to an undercover federal wildlife agent.

Schultz, 35, was sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service at a court hearing in California on Tuesday (25Mar14). He was also ordered to pay around $9,000 (£5,625) after pleading guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act.