40 pythons were discovered in a couple's Brantford, Ontario motel room Thursday night. Police officials and eyewitnesses say the couple also had their five children in the motel room, including a baby. Police said as of Friday, no charges had been filed against the couple, according to the Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 16.
The constrictors, which ranged in length from 1 foot to 4.5 feet, were found in plastic storage bins in the room at the Bell City Motel in Brantford.
The snakes, "were not being suitably cared for and were in distress", the Brantford Police Service said in a news release Friday, according to USA Today.
The Brant County SPCA took custody of the snakes which are expected to be fine, even though police said they were not being suitably cared for.
The snakes will be adopted out. Overcrowding and lack of water were issues cited by authorities.
It is illegal to own pythons or other constrictor snakes in Brantford, which is located 65 miles southwest of Toronto.
Reports say the snake owners had just been evicted from their apartment, and their former landlord phoned police to let them know that the couple had the snakes at the motel.
This discovery comes just 10 days after an African Rock python escaped its enclosure, and strangled two young brothers while they slept in Campbellton, New Brunswick.
Click here to read more about the tragic incident that resulted in the deaths of the two young boys.
The 40 snakes found in the motel room were said to be Ball pythons, the smallest of the African species. They are popular as pets because they are considered generally docile.
The Ontario government now says it is reviewing their rules covering exotic animals, in the wake of the New Brunswick deaths.