Man Pleads Guilty to Keeping Venomous Snakes Inside Md. Apt.

Police say a Maryland man who used the name "VenomMan20" on YouTube has pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal possession of venomous snakes after a search of his home turned up six rattlesnakes and other snakes. 

Maryland Natural Resources Police said 29-year-old Brandon Joseph Boyles, 29, of Cascade, Maryland, was prohibited from owning dangerous animals in Maryland and required to perform 20 hours of community service. 

Boyles had worked at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. He took five venomous snakes, three alligators and a crocodile, which he owned, when he left in September 2017. However, Boyles didn't have a permit to keep them in his house. 

Officers found two dead cobras in a freezer and snakes housed in plastic bins that could allow easy escape. The snakes didn't have fresh water, and investigators say one of the plastic tubs was filthy. 

Police say the crocodile; alligators and a rattlesnake were transferred to the Maryland Reptile Conservation in Dickerson.

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