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Police find 124 caged snakes in dead man’s home in Maryland

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Police find 124 caged snakes in dead man’s home in Maryland

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Maryland officials found a dead man and a collection of 124 live snakes, some poisonous and illegal to keep, in his home during a wellness check this week.

The snakes were “meticulously cared for” in cages stacked throughout the Pomfret household, they said.

Out-of-state exotic animal experts removed the snakes on Thursday, a day after deputies discovered the man dead during a check requested by his neighbors, the county spokeswoman said. Charles, Jennifer Harris.

Among the snakes were rattlesnakes, cobras, black mambas and a 14-foot-long Burmese python, Harris said.

“No one seemed to know he was harboring snakes inside the house,” Harris said of the man, who has not been publicly identified.

The cause of death will be revealed pending the completion of an autopsy, but Harris stressed there was no indication of foul play or that one of the reptiles killed him.

Officials remove snakes from a home in Maryland.Charles County Government

“We don’t anticipate there was a safety issue with any of the escaped snakes,” Harris said. “He was well known to his neighbors in the community, but basically no one had ever entered his home to find out any part of family life was going on.”

Harris said the Charles County animal control chief told him he had “never encountered anything like this situation that we saw today” and that typically animal control officials encounter dangerous dogs, raccoons and coyotes – not snakes.

Police find 124 caged snakes in dead man’s home in Maryland

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