Ohio authorities find 150-plus snakes in home

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STRUTHERS, Ohio -- Authorities in northeast Ohio say they have found more than 150 snakes, some poisonous, in a home.

News media in the Youngstown area report that a man faces charges including child endangering because a 12-year-old child lives in the home. WFMJ says authorities went to the home of 46-year-old Joseph McCollum to check on him because he had been bitten by a rattlesnake and didn't get proper treatment.

WFMJ reports that McCollum is an operator of The Boa Store, which sells Boa constrictors online.

Animal control officer Dave Nelson says the home in Struthers also had poisonous snakes include rattlers and cobras.

A wildlife rescue organization is working with authorities on what to do with the snakes.

A message was left Saturday for McCollum.



The Associated Press

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