Drug arrest leads to discovery of Casa Grande home filled with venomous snakes

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If you searched the house of a man accused of selling drugs, you'd probably expect to find, well, drugs. But inside a house in Casa Grande, investigators found a zoo instead.

Rattlesnakes, scorpions, centipedes, all discovered by the phoenix herpetological society, inside a home filled with abandoned animals.

Animal experts received the call from a frantic woman who claimed her nephew had been taken into custody on charges of drug trafficking, and that she needed help caring for his venomous pets.

When they arrived at his home,they found pitbulls and frogs, along with centipedes,scorpions,and over a dozen rare-breed rattlesnakes.

"You gotta realize that snakes, like a cobra, okay, in the state of arizona, we have no anti-venom to help you if that snake bites you,okay, okay, that's dangerous," says Daniel Marchand of the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

According to Marchand, owning a rattlesnake is not only dangerous, it's deadly, "Owning a rattlesnake as a pet is the worst thing you could ever do. A snake, a rattlesnake, as a pet is only good to hold one time 'cuz when you get bit, often times you're not gonna be able to hold it again cuz you may not survive the bite."

The snakes were taken from the wild, and after living in captivity, will never be returned to their natural habitats, for the safety of other breeds.