Hundreds of snakes found at man's US home

2013-09-20 11:28
A python. (Stephen M Secor, Science, AP)

A python. (Stephen M Secor, Science, AP)

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Shirley - An animal-control officer had hundreds of snakes, including two 1.8m Burmese pythons, at his home, where he ran an illegal side business selling them, authorities said on Thursday.

There were 850 snakes worth half $500 000 in a detached garage at the Shirley home of Richard Parrinello, including the Burmese pythons, which are illegal in New York state, officials said.

"There is a reason why Burmese pythons are illegal," said Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross, citing the deaths of two young boys in New Brunswick, Canada, who were killed by an African rock python while they slept.

Gross said Burmese pythons can grow to 9m long and are "an accident waiting to happen".

Parrinello has worked on and off as an animal-control officer for the town of Brookhaven since 1988, town spokesperson Jack Krieger said.

Authorities spotted the snakes during an investigation into whether Parrinello was working while on disability leave from his town job.

During a weeks-long undercover investigation, authorities said, investigators caught Parrinello on camera claiming he had $500 000 in inventory - including snakes, turtles and turtle eggs - stored in a garage he'd converted into habitat space.

Parrinello faces multiple charges of owning the pythons and violating town codes by running a business at his home without a permit. He was issued two violations by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Authorities said Parrinello is co-operating. A man who answered the phone at a number listed on Parrinello's Snakeman's Exotics website said he had no comment.

Gross said the pythons were headed to an animal sanctuary in Massachusetts. It was unclear what would be done with the other snakes.
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