Authorities discovered 850 snakes at the home of a New York animal control officer's home on Long Island Thursday. Police say the man, 44-year-old Richard Parrinello of Shirley, violated town codes by running a home business without a permit. The 850 snakes were removed by the Suffolk County SPCA, according to Fox News on Sept. 20.
Talk about a nightmare neighbor, the approximately 850 snakes were found inside two garages on Parrinello's property. Two illegal 6-foot Burmese pythons were part of what the authorities discovered during their raid.
The unlicensed-reptile dealer is said to be collecting disability from his Brookhaven animal control officer's job, as he allegedly pedaled the snakes over the Internet.
Also found in the grab were three tarantula's and a "bunch" of turtles and turtle eggs, according to the New York Post.
Newsday reported that officials started investigating whether Parrinello was working while collecting disability from his town job.
"I’d never seen so many snakes in one place before, even in a zoo", said Ken Gross, chief of Suffolk County’s SPCA.
Parrinello runs an Internet business called Snakeman’s Exotics, which offers the slithering serpents to customers, according to the firm’s Web site.
"All animals are guaranteed to arrive Healthy and Sexed properly!", boasts the company website. Yikes!
At least there wasn't any evidence of animal cruelty or neglect. Allof the snakes appeared at first glance to be healthy and well cared for.
Town officials wised up to Parrinello’s sideline business as part of an ongoing worker’s compensation fraud probe, that began after he left his job in May, allegedly due to carpal-tunnel syndrome.
An escaped African rock python sadly strangled two small brothers to death in Canada recently. Click here to read more about that tragedy. Also, 40 pythons were discovered in a Canadian motel room just last month.
The Burmese pythons are prohibited from being kept as pets in New York state. They're among the five largest breeds of snakes in the world, and hail from Southeast Asia.
The snakes are reportedly being relocated to a snake sanctuary in Massachusetts, officials said.