MARYLAND – A man was found dead Wednesday in a house in Charles County, Maryland, in which there were more than 100 snakes, local authorities reported. The reptiles, some poisonous, were in cages when law enforcement officers arrived at the residence.
The 49-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was discovered in a home in the town of Pomfret. The cause of his death is not yet clear.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call from a local resident around 6 pm that day requesting a wellness check on the man. The person who contacted authorities said he hadn’t seen his neighbor in a while.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the man unconscious in a house full of snakes. Animal control officers went to the home and found the largest collection of snakes they had ever seen, said Jennifer Harris, a county spokeswoman. The group included some venomous snakes that are illegal in Maryland, he added. There were also pythons, rattlesnakes, cobras, and black mambas.
Animal control officials were able to isolate the nonvenomous snakes and brought in an expert from North Carolina to deal with the venomous snakes.
The spokeswoman said the reptiles appeared to have been “meticulously” cared for.
In an unrelated case that occurred in December 2021 in Montgomery County, Maryland, a man burned down his house accidentally while trying to chase away snakes that had invaded his home, authorities said. No one was injured, but the fire caused more than $1 million in damage.