CASCADE, Md. (AP) — Ten snakes with the potential to deliver a fatal bite to humans were found at the home of a Maryland resident popularly known as “VenomMan20.”
The Maryland Natural Resources Police <a target=”—blank” href=”http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2018/03/12/washington-county-man-charged-in-snake-case/”>announced</a> Monday 28-year-old Brandon Joseph Boyles had posted videos to YouTube under that moniker, attracting millions of views.
An investigator learned that Boyles took five venomous snakes, three alligators and a crocodile he owned when he left his job at the Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve last September. In November, he turned in a Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake, prompting a search warrant.
Officers found two dead cobras in a freezer and snakes housed in poor conditions in habitats that could allow easy escape.
Boyles is charged with 23 offenses, including animal cruelty. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.