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Man found dead in home with more than 100 snakes

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  • A Maryland man was found dead in his home on Wednesday with more than 100 venomous and non-venomous snakes in tanks.
  • There was no evidence of foul play, and the man’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, authorities said.
  • A reptile rescue effort was coordinated by Charles County Animal Control with assistance from experts in Virginia and North Carolina.

A Maryland man was found dead in his home on Wednesday with more than 100 venomous and non-venomous snakes in tanks throughout his home.  

The Charles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement they responded to a call from a neighbor who said they saw the man lying on the floor at his home in Pomfret. Responding officials forced entry into the home where they pronounced the unidentified 49-year-old dead at the scene.  

Officials also discovered more than 100 snakes of various varieties, leading to a rescue effort coordinated by Charles County Animal Control with assistance from reptile experts in Virginia and North Carolina, the statement said.  

There was no evidence of foul play, and the man’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.  

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Charles County Animal Control spokesperson Jennifer Harris told WUSA9 the team had “bagged and tagged” at least 125 snakes.  

“I do want to assure the community, [and] anybody living in this neighborhood, we have not seen that any of the snakes were not properly secured or could have escaped,” she told the outlet. 

“I know people were worried that there could be some danger to people living nearby, but at this point, we have not uncovered or determined that any of the snakes actually were not secured after this gentleman’s death.” 

Animal control reportedly said that a 14-foot Burmese python was the largest snake found in the home.  

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