Thanks to an anonymous tip, more than 30 poisonous snakes were found on a property in North York. The City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards, Toronto police, the Toronto Zoo and Toronto Public Health searched the home with a warrant and obtained 20 snakes that were alive, along with 18 dead snakes.
Canada Border Services Agency alerted the city, which prompted an investigation. The snakes were delivered to the home from Asia. An official with the city said all the snakes are considered “extremely dangerous” and are now in the custody of Toronto Animal Services.
All poisonous snakes that reach an adult length of larger than three metres are prohibited in Toronto.
The owner in possession of the snakes has been charged with 20 counts of having prohibited animals and will appear in court on January 27. Each charged office has a max fine of $5000.
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