Cops Find 850 Snakes in a Long Island Garage
– Long Island cops uncovered a slithering nightmare Thursday when they raided the home of an unlicensed-reptile dealer — and found his garage packed with 850 snakes.
The Suffolk County serpent storehouse contained an estimated half-million dollars in snakes. The boa constrictors, pythons and hog-nose snakes were neatly packed in bins, well fed and ready to be sold to buyers over the Internet, sources said.
Sgt. John Jordan from the SPCA Holding a 6-foot Burmese Python, Michael Ralbovsky HerPetologist/General Curator from Rainforst Reptile Show. “I’d never seen so many snakes in one place before, even in a zoo,” said Ken Gross, chief of Suffolk County’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The snakes were being kept by Richard Parrinello, 44, at his home on Auborn Avenue in Shirley, authorities said. Parrinello — who is a Brookhaven Town animal-control officer — runs an Internet business called Snakeman’s Exotics, which offers serpents to collectors, according to the firm’s Web site. “All animals are guaranteed to arrive Healthy and Sexed properly!” the company boasts. Despite the large volume of snakes in the garage, they were all in good shape, officials said.