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60 venomous snakes found in Hendersonville home

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Around 60 snakes, most of which are venomous, were found inside a single trailer.

Henderson County and Wildlife Rescue Commission crews spent all day Friday removing them, after the owner was bitten.

"When you're dealing with something that is deadly poisonous, speed is not the primary concern, safety is the primary concern," said Henderson Sheriff's Office Capt. Jerry Rice.

Neighbors of Walter Clarence Kidd say they watched the crews carry out at least 60 snakes from his trailer.

Capt. Rice said a Henderson County Sheriff's Office follow-up investigation began after Pardee Hospital reported an exotic snake bite. He said investigators waited until Kidd had been treated for his snake bite - that involved being air-lifted to Columbia, S.C., the closest place with the specific anti-venom for the snake that bit him.

Capt. Rice said the snake removal process was an ordeal.

"The bulk of the snakes were venomous, some of them very, very deadly, no anti-venom available for them, anyone that could've gotten bitten by them, it was potentially lethal," said Capt. Rice.

Neighbor, Carol Breedlove, said, "[It's scary really.. cause I've got a kid and I've got a little dog, and if those snakes had got loose, you know, could've hurt somebody."

Sheriff's officials tell us that all the snakes have now been taken to Raleigh to the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences. That's where scientists are trying to determine the species of the snakes, to determine what charges the owner may be facing.

A North Carolina law went into effect this past December, strengthening the laws to keep exotic snakes. It mandates that owners have to register, and maintain exotic snakes according to specific guidelines. Once the species of all the snakes are determined, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office investigation can continue.

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