Police Find 125 Snakes Inside Dead Man's Home Including 14-Foot Burmese Python

Police in Maryland are conducting an investigation after a man was found dead in his home with more than 100 venomous and non-venomous snakes inside the residence.

Officers arrived at the man's home on January 19 after receiving a report that his neighbor found him unconscious inside his house. At the scene, officials pronounced the 49-year-old man dead.

Inside, police also discovered more than 100 snakes of various breeds inside tanks around the home. Charles County Animal Control was called in to assist with the rescue efforts, police said.

Reptile experts from North Carolina and Virginia are also assisting to document the various breeds of snakes they are dealing with.

Jennifer Harris, a spokesperson for Charles County Animal Control, told WUSA9 that they tagged and bagged a total of 125 snakes inside the home. One of the snakes inside the home was a 14-foot Burmese python, WUSA9 reported.

Burmese pythons, an invasive species in Florida, are famous for their unique skin and docile temperaments, making them known as the large snake of choice for many reptile owners. The Burmese python is one of the largest snake species on earth, capable of maxing out at 200 pounds and more than 23 feet long.

In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a ban on the importation and transportation of Burmese pythons in an attempt to slow the spread of the non-native snake species. The ban does not prevent the sale of the snakes within the state as long as buyers do not attempt to cross state lines.

It is still unclear the man's cause of death although there were no clear signs of foul play, police said. The man's body has been sent for an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. His name has not been released to the public.

The man's neighbors were unaware of the snakes inside his home, Harris said. She assured neighbors that although they were scared, all of the snakes were properly secured and were not at risk of escaping the home.

While it is legal to own non-venomous snakes in Maryland, it is against the law to own venomous snakes. A permit is required for individuals who want to keep any non-venomous, native reptiles or amphibians. If a reptile or amphibian is not native to Maryland, a permit is not required.

It is still unclear to officials why the man had so many snakes inside the residence, but it was clear all the snakes were well cared for.

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Officials discovered 125 nonvenomous and venomous snakes inside a home in Maryland while conducting a death investigation into the owner of the home. Animal control officials said the snakes were properly secured and were not at risk of escaping the home. Matt Cardy/Getty Images