Canadian police recovered 40 pythons from a hotel room in Brantford, Ont., the same month two young Canadian boys were asphyxiated by a python. Police also found a half dozen unhatched eggs in the hotel room Thursday.
The pythons were found inside five plastic storage bins in the Bell City Motel. The room belonged to a local couple, who had been evicted from their home, police said in a statement. Paul Sizer, the man staying in the room next to the couple’s told CBC News that the couple had five young children staying in the room with the snakes, including a baby.
The manager of the hotel told the Canadian Press the couple stayed there only one night and were out when the police arrived. It is illegal to own a python in the city of Brantford.
Ranging in lengths from 11 inches to 4.5 feet, the snakes were in poor health. The reptiles were confiscated by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
"Early [Thursday] evening, the Brantford police called us to come out and assist with a large number of snakes they had found," said Brandon James, spokesman for the Brant County SPCA. "When we arrived, we found very overcrowded conditions with approximately 40 snakes."
James said the snakes were in distress because they were kept in such cramp spaces and lacked water. They appeared to have been recently fed.
"I don't know how long they were in those tote containers for, but it's very stressful for the snakes,” James said, noting he’d “never seen a load of snakes this large in Brant County and I've been doing this for 10 years."
The health of the snakes is currently being monitored by a veterinarian.