An American found dead surrounded by deadly pythons and cobras

Eastern brown snake

The house was home to more than 100 pythons, cobras and rattlesnakes.

An American man was found dead in his home, surrounded by dozens of snakes. Most of them are venomous snakes.

Neighbors warned police after going to a house in Maryland, USA, and discovering that he was lying on the floor and apparently unconscious.

When police arrived, they found 124 venomous and non-venomous snakes, including pythons, cobras, and rattlesnakes.

The largest was said to be the 14-foot Burmese python.

They were in the aquarium, but an animal management expert was called in.

An unnamed 49-year-old man was sentenced to death on the scene. The cause of death has not yet been identified, but police say there is no evidence of “cheating.” A post-mortem examination will be done.

The nearby Charles County Animal Care Center is coordinating rescue operations to move reptiles back home with the help of North Carolina and Virginia experts.

A spokesman for the center told the BBC: “All snakes have been placed in an out-of-state organization with the appropriate authority, permission, and / or license.”

She added that some of the animals would probably be adopted personally by an approved handler.

It is illegal to own a toxic snake in Maryland.