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124 snakes and a dead man found in a Maryland home

At least 124 snakes and a dead man were found at his home in Charles County, Maryland by police.

The snakes, some of which have been identified as venomous, were kept in cages when police arrived at the man’s home around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said.

A neighbor who had not seen the 49-year-old in a day had visited his home on Raphael Drive in the Pomfret area of ​​the county.

The neighbor spotted the man through a window lying on the ground, unconscious, after which he called 911 for help.

Officials said the man was pronounced dead, with a cause of death yet to be determined by a medical examiner. No obvious signs of foul play have yet been found, officials said.

“Inside the home, more than 100 venomous and non-venomous snakes of various varieties were discovered in tanks located on shelves,” the sheriff’s office said.

The snakes included pythons, rattlesnakes, cobras and black mambas, officials said.

Charles County spokeswoman Jennifer Harris said the large collection of snakes was being examined by animal control officials.

She added that the animal control officer had not come across an incident like this in over 30 years of experience.

The man’s death is also the subject of a police investigation.

“Charles County Animal Control is coordinating reptile-related rescue efforts with the help of reptile experts from North Carolina and Virginia,” Ms. Harris said, as quoted by NBC Washington.

She added that the snakes, which were illegal to keep in Maryland, were all properly secured.

“They were framed. He didn’t keep a lot of furniture inside the house, so there was no place for a snake, for example, to escape, where it could hide or hurt anyone,” said Mrs Harris.

The snakes do not pose a risk to the public, the report adds, because if they tried to escape, they could not survive the cold.

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