50 Poisonous Snakes Found in Man’s Condo
Posted on September 8, 2008
A Tokyo man has been arrested for housing more than 50 poisonous snakes, including cobras with highly toxic venom.
The arrest occurred after he recovered from being bitten by an eastern green mamba, which is considered one of the world’s most poisonous snakes.
Biting the hand that feeds you is a maxim that snakes apparently don’t understand or have no regard for.
Nobukazu Kashiwagi, aged 42, called an ambulance and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition from his condominium in the Jingumae district of the city.
He was arrested after recovering from a bite on his finger for violation of the Law Concerning the Protection and Control of Animals.
According to Michihisa Toriba, director of the Japan Snake Institute of Gunma Prefecture, the 185-cm-long snake that bit him has one of the most powerful venoms in the world.
“Snake enthusiasts usually keep non-poisonous snakes. This one is a kind of cobra that usually lives in African savannas, often in trees.”
No one seems to know why Kashiwagi kept these snakes in plastic boxes all over his home.
Maybe they are afraid to ask.