US man found dead surrounded by deadly pythons and cobras

A US man has been found dead at his home surrounded by dozens of snakes – many of them venomous.

Neighbours alerted police after going to the house in the US state of Maryland and discovering him lying on the floor, apparently unconscious.

When officers arrived, they found 124 venomous and non-venomous snakes including pythons, cobras and rattlesnakes.

The largest was said to be a 14-foot Burmese python.

Although they were in tanks, animal control experts were called in.

The unnamed 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police say there is no evidence of “foul play”. A post-mortem examination will be held.

The nearby Charles County Animal Control centre is coordinating rescue efforts to move and rehome the reptiles with help from experts from North Carolina and Virginia.

A spokeswoman for the centre told the BBC: “All of the snakes were placed with out-of-state organisations with the proper authority, permits and/or licenses.”

She added that some of the animals would possibly be adopted privately by approved handlers.

It is illegal to own poisonous snakes in Maryland.

Albino Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) are one of the five largest snakes in the world, native to a large variation of tropic and subtropic areas of South and Southeast Asia.
Albino Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) are one of the five largest snakes in the world, native to a large variation of tropic and subtropic areas of South and Southeast Asia.Risa Krisadhi/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
  • Officials discovered a Maryland man dead inside this home with more than 120 snakes inside.
  • Both venomous and non-venomous snakes were found in tanks, authorities said.
  • The unidentified man’s death is under investigation.

Authorities discovered a Maryland man deceased inside his home with more than 120 snakes in cages earlier this week.

According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the 49-year-old unidentified man, who lived in Pomfret, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office said a neighbor called the police after he saw the man “lying on the floor and unconscious” while conducting a welfare check.

The man’s death — which the sheriff’s office reported had “no obvious signs of foul play”— is under investigation and his body was sent to a medical examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

While inside the man’s residence, “more than 100 venomous and non-venomous snakes of different varieties were discovered in tanks situated on racks,” according to authorities.

WRC-TV reported that one of the snakes was a 14-foot-long Burmese python and other types included rattlesnakes, cobras, and black mambas. Some of the breeds are illegal in the state of Maryland, according to the report.

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“Our chief animal control officer said in his more than 30 years of experience, he had not encountered this kind of thing before,” Jennifer Harris, a Charles County spokesperson, told the outlet.

According to the report, officials said that all the snakes were removed from the home and “properly secured.” They were transported to licensed handlers in North Carolina and Virginia.

Man found dead in home had more than 100 snakes

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