Nearly 100 Snakes Seized From Ohio Home

Owner found breeding and selling snakes out of home

By Timothy Weisberg
|  Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 4:42 AM EDT
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Deadly Snakes on the Move

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The owner was bitten by a rattlesnake, which led police to his home and the discovery of nearly 100 snakes.

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Deadly Snakes on the Move

Nearly 100 snakes were found in an Ohio home, including many venomous snakes.
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It was snakes galore at an Ohio home. Inside cages, others slithering across the floor, police found nearly 100 snakes that were eventually confiscated and taken to an Ohio sanctuary.

The snakes were seized after police say the home owner, Joseph McCollum, was bitten by a rattlesnake and had not seeked proper treatment, NBC affiliate WXLY reported.That's when police found the snakes and a 12-year-old boy living in the home.

Four of the snakes–a western diamondback, a cobra, an asian cobra and copperhead–were venomous and taken to a reptile zoo in Kentucky, WXLY reported.

"It concerns me there were venomous snakes in a home [in the] same building another family was in, they were not aware of the situation," Reptile Zoo employee Kristen Wiley told WXLY.

McCollom was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and operating a business from his home.

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