For A Toxicologist, Idiots = Job Security

For A Toxicologist, Idiots = Job Security

I still can’t believe that in this day and age there are people that hoard live animals and venomous reptiles. This guy had 80 snakes and a pool full of alligators. At what point do you look around your crappy little apartment and think to yourself “Hmmm – maybe I might a few too many poisonous snakes in here?” 


Our intrepid amateur snake charmer in police custody.








I can understand collecting comic books or Hummel figurines or ceramic frogs. Even animated things like bonsai trees or tropical fish. But venomous snakes and reptiles? What’s the point? I get freaked out if I see a cockroach or a couple of ants anywhere near my garage. Who needs to come out of the bedroom to be greeted by this – 

Obviously the laws differ from state to state about who is allowed to have venomous animals in their possession – I’m pretty sure there isn’t a state that would allow low-rent Big Lebowski here to have one – never mind 80 poisonous reptiles in their house. Especially after having a cobra escape a year ago. Frankly, the authorities in Los Angeles should have this guy under surveillance 24/7 if you ask me. He has demonstrated that he can’t stay away from the creepy-crawlies. 

Written by Poison Boy

Gerry O'Malley (a.k.a Poison Boy) is a board certified ER doctor and toxicologist with a interest in the unusual, terrifying and occasionally hilarious world of poisonings and toxicology. This site is an exploration of poisons of historical interest as well as in current events and pop culture.

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