Hundreds of pythons were found in the home of a California school teacher in Orange County, according to a Jan. 29 ABC News report. Police authorities found over 400 snakes, with over half of them dead, living in the William Buchman’s Santa Ana home. Also found in the home were mice and rats. Buchman was arrested for neglect in the care of animals, Wednesday after neighbors alerted authorities to the awful smell emanating from the home.
“The smell alone — I feel like I need to take a shower for a week,” said police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “They're pretty much in all the bedrooms — everywhere.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that neighbors have been filing complaints with the police about the smell for several months. “We thought someone was dead,” said 62-year-old neighbor Forest Long Sr. “We couldn't open up the bedroom windows. My wife started to gag and throw up.”
Animal control authorities opened an investigation into the matter about a month ago, and served a search warrant as part of the case, according to Cpl. Bertagna. Neighbors observed that Buchman became reclusive following his mother’s death a few years ago. “We didn't see him much,” Long said. “Maybe he became lonely.”