Authorities: More Than 800 Snakes Found In Long Island Home

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than 800 snakes — including a pair of 6-foot Burmese pythons — were found Thursday in garages at the home of an animal control officer in Shirley, Long Island, authorities said.

Richard Parrinello, 44, who worked for the Town of Brookhaven, was selling the slithery creatures while he was collecting disability from his job, officials said. He does not face any criminal charges, but he was issued summonses for running an illegal business out of his home and illegal converting his garage.

The Burmese pythons are illegal to own in New York state, Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall. He said the snakes tend to grow to 15 to 18 feet long, and as large as 30 feet.

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“There’s a reason why they’re illegal,” Gross said. “I can only say that I recommend that people do not get them in the first place. They do not make good pets. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Gross cited an incident last month in New Brunswick, Canada, in which an African rock python escaped from its enclosure and strangled two boys, ages 5 and 7, while they slept.

The snakes found in Shirley were in good health, authorities said. They were being removed by the Suffolk County SPCA.

Authorities say Parrinello is cooperating. It was not clear if he has an attorney, and a phone listing for Parinello could not immediately be located.

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