850 snakes worth $500,000 were found in the home of a disabled animal control officer. The snakes, including two illegal 6-foot Burmese pythons, were found in the Long Island, N.Y. home of Richard Parrinello. According to United Press International on Sept. 20, he was operating a business as an unlicensed reptile dealer selling the snakes while on leave.
His inventory included snakes, tarantulas, turtles and turtle eggs in a two-car garage he'd converted into habitat. Authorities also discovered three small frozen alligator carcasses.
The 850 snakes lived in a two-car garage, which was converted into a habitat. Parrinello has many charges against him for the pythons including fines of $250 each. He is also being cited for operating an unpermitted business. Animal control will be investigating if he was working while out on disability.
The fate of the 850 snakes is uncertain, but the two pythons will be moved to a habitat in Massachusetts. Parrinello's business, Snakeman’s Exotics, was operated through a website which sold the animals over the Internet. All of the snakes appears well fed and cared or and were ready to be shipped to prospective buyers according to the New York Post.
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