Pa. town rewriting pet rules after finding 72 snakes in home

CARBONDALE, Pa. (AP) — It’s part Dr. Dolittle and part Noah’s Ark.

Officials in a Pennsylvania town are scrambling to rewrite pet ownership rules after finding 90 animals, including 72 snakes, living under one roof.

Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor tells WNEP-TV a zoning law loophole allowed the homeowner to build up the collection.

Officials also found 9 cats, 2 geckos, a dog, a turtle, a rabbit and a parrot.

Taylor tells the station Thursday that local laws outline parameters for pet ownership, including a ban on breeding and selling, but don’t set a limit or outlaw snakes.

Officials say the snakes were kept in a stack of plastic containers and appeared healthy. Still, some residents of the Scranton suburb say they’re concerned about having so many snakes nearby.

Indiana Jones would be, too.


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