A man was found dead lying on the floor of his home surrounded by more than 100 venomous snakes including a 14ft Burmese python.
Police were called to his home in Maryland, USA, after his worried neighbour went to check up on him after not seeing him for more than one day, police said.
The man, aged 49, was seen unconscious on the floor before emergency services stormed his home and pronounced him dead among the reptiles at the scene.
Authorities have confirmed there was no evidence of foul play and said his neighbours were unaware that there were snakes at the property, reports New York Post.
Jennifer Harris of Charles County Animal Control said they had “tagged and bagged” over 125 snakes which were a mix of varieties.
She said although the snakes were the biggest collection the county's animal chief has seen in 30 years of work – neighbours didn't need to worry.
“I do want to assure the community, [and] anybody living in this neighbourhood, we have not seen that any of the snakes were not properly secured or could have escaped," she said.
“I know people were worried that there could be some danger to people living nearby, but at this point, we have not uncovered or determined that any of the snakes actually were not secured after this gentleman’s death.”
Police have confirmed that the man’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. His identity is yet to be released.
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