Hundreds of snakes seized from Texas home

September 5, 2018

Hundreds of snakes, including two 10-foot-long pythons, were seized from a San Antonio home Wednesday morning after a multiagency investigation.

While serving a search warrant, Animal Care Services officers removed the snakes, secured in snake bags, from the two-bedroom, one-bath home in the 500 block of Kayton.

The Dangerous Assessment Response Team, a herpetologist from the San Antonio Zoo and experts from SeaWorld assisted ACS with the investigation.

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Field operations supervisor Joel Skidmore said ACS officers had been working with the man who owned the snakes for several weeks.

He said their concerns centered around improving the living conditions of the animals and confirming the number of actual snakes at the property.

The snakes inside of the home were reticulating pythons and ball pythons.

Skidmore said one of two sheds behind the home contained rats in plastic containers that were being fed to the snakes.

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The other shed, with a large padlock, held more snakes.

A neighbor, Maria Valdez, 36, said the home always looked as if things were being hoarded inside of it — but didn’t think it was anything from the serpent family.

“I’m surprised that this happened,” she said, standing near response team vehicles. “I never saw anything that was dangerous to people.”


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