Man who worked at zoo charged after stealing venomous snakes

28-year-old due in court in May

iStock/SteveByland

A former zoo worker in Maryland has been charged after he allegedly took venomous snakes and other reptiles from the facility.

A former zoo worker in Maryland has been charged after he allegedly took venomous snakes and other reptiles from the facility.

According to UPI, police conducted a raid of Brandon Joseph Boyles', 28, home on Feb. 22 and found six western diamondback rattlesnakes, one forest cobra, one cape coral cobra and two boomslangs. He has been charged with 23 counts of illegal possession of venomous snakes, animal cruelty and reckless endangerment.

Authorities say Boyles kept the animals in plastic containers that would have allowed them to easily escape. They did not have access to fresh water, and two dead cobras were found in a freezer.

Boyle was previously employed at Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve, but left in September, taking home five snakes, three alligators and a crocodile.

Boyle is due in court May 8.

Distributed by LAKANA. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.