Updated 1 month ago
About 100 snakes were found inside an Ohio home, along with a child. The snakes were confiscated, and some of them ended up in Kentucky.
An estimated 100 snakes were confiscated from a home in Ohio last week after police say the home owner, Joseph McCollum, was bitten by a rattlesnake and did not get the proper treatment. When police went to the home to investigate, they found a bigger problem - snakes everywhere, some in cages, others not. A 12-year-old boy was also in the home.
Police say McCollum was breeding and selling the snakes out of his home. The reptiles were removed, most went to a sanctuary in Ohio, but 4 venomous ones were taken to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Powell County.
A western diamond back, a cobra, an asian cobra and a copperhead were some of the snakes taken.
"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," said Kristen Wiley at the Reptile Zoo.
The snakes weren't in the best shape, according to police. The cages were dirty, and some even had mites on them. For now, they'll stay at the Reptile Zoo since they are evidence. After that, they could become a part of the collection.
McCollum was arrested for endangering a child, running a business from his home and failing to post signs about the snakes.