850 snakes were found at the home of a New York animal control officer, who is running an illegal business selling these snakes out of a garage at his home. The 850 snakes are Richard Parrinello’s inventory for his snake-selling business, according to Fox News on Sept. 20.
Out of the 850 snakes, two Burmese pythons were found, that were six-feet long each. These snakes are illegal in the state of New York. Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said that there’s a reason the Burmese snakes are illegal. He cited the deaths of the two young boys who were killed in their sleep in Canada by the African rock python, a similar snake to the Burmese python.
The Burmese python can grow up to 30 feet long, he calls this “an accident waiting to happen.” The two illegal snakes were taken to an animal sanctuary. It is not known what the authorities plan to do with the other 848 snakes found in this snake habitat, he constructed in his garage.
Parrinello was the subject of an undercover investigation to see if he was working while on disability leave from his town job. This is when the snakes were spotted. They also witnessed Parrinello talking about his snake business to prospective customers, who were also undercover officers.
Parrinello faces charges of having the two illegal snakes, running a business at his home without a permit. He was issued two violations by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.
Authorities say Parrinello is cooperating with police and the investigation.