Hundreds of Snakes Found in California House

By FoxNews.com

Published 01/30 2014 02:07PM

Updated 01/30 2014 02:09PM

AP Photo/The Orange County Register
The smell wafting from the house was bad, to put it mildly. It was the result of more than 200 dead pythons, 200 still-living snakes, and a rodent infestation.

It was bad enough to send veteran investigators gasping for air. Bad enough to make normally poised TV reporters hold their noses. Bad enough to make much of a neighborhood gag.

"House of Horrors: That's the best way to describe it," said Sondra Berg, supervisor for the Santa Ana Police Department's Animal Services Division after coming out of the five-bedroom Orange County home of elementary school teacher William Buchman.

"I mean there's so many dead snakes ... ranging from dead for months to just dead. There's an infestation of rats and mice all over the house. There are rats and mice in plastic storage tubs that are actually cannibalizing each other," Berg said.

Buchman, 53, was arrested for investigation of neglect in the care of animals, police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said, and remained in police custody late Wednesday.

Five months earlier, that smell had driven neighbors to complain about the home, with some of them speculating there was a dead person inside.

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