Officers seize 3 king cobras, other reptiles from home

August 10, 2018 - 10:11 am

ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say state wildlife officers have seized three king cobras and other venomous reptiles from a western New York home.

The Olean Times Herald reports that Department of Environmental Conservation officers obtained a warrant Thursday morning to search a home in the Cattaraugus County town of Allegany, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Buffalo.

Officers say inside they found three king cobras and other venomous species, along with numerous turtles, kept in enclosures throughout the home, located near St. Bonaventure University.

The snakes and other reptiles were taken to the Buffalo Zoo.

It's illegal in New York state to own venomous snakes.

The man living at the house hasn't been charged.

Native to Asia, king cobras are one of the deadliest snakes in the world and can grow up to 18 feet.

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