Spitting cobras, pit vipers discovered inside Idaho home

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Spitting cobras, pit vipers discovered inside Idaho home (Photo: Evin Oneale, Idaho Fish and Game)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — Numerous venomous and deadly non-native snakes were discovered inside an Idaho home over the weekend.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said about three dozen snakes were recently seized after a lengthy investigation. Some of the snakes found were native to Idaho, but several were found native to southwest Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

"We were more than a bit surprised by what we discovered," said Charlie Justus, regional conservation officer.

Among the snakes seized were an Indian cobra, an Indochina spitting cobra, a flat-nosed pit viper, two Vogel’s pit vipers, two Cape coral cobras, two hog-nosed pit vipers, a green bush viper, a zebra spitting cobra, two monocled cobras and a massasauga rattlesnake.

Charges against the 25-year-old suspect have yet to be filed, pending review of the evidence, officials said.

The snakes are currently being held at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office and authorities told KBOI they are actively looking for a zoo to take them to.