Md. snake vlogger faces new set of scales over animal cruelty

Brandon Joseph Boyles, 28, of Cascade, Maryland had six Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes, one 7-foot-long Forest Cobra, one Cape Coral Cobra and two Boomslangs when Maryland Natural Resources Police officers searched his home. Here is a photo of two of them. (Courtesy Maryland Natural Resources Police)

CASCADE, Md. (AP) — Ten snakes with the potential to deliver a fatal bite to humans were found at the home of a Maryland resident popularly known as “VenomMan20.”

The Maryland Natural Resources Police announced Monday 28-year-old Brandon Joseph Boyles had posted videos to YouTube under that moniker, attracting millions of views.

An investigator learned that Boyles took five venomous snakes, three alligators and a crocodile he owned when he left his job at the Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve last September. In November, he turned in a Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake, prompting a search warrant.

Officers found two dead cobras in a freezer and snakes housed in poor conditions in habitats that could allow easy escape.

Boyles is charged with 23 offenses, including animal cruelty. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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