Hiss! Coon Rapids home housing 300 snakes, 150 rodents

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2012 - 11:30 PM

A Coon Rapids homeowner appears to have violated city code by housing 360 snakes.

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mred58Mar. 16, 1210:13 PM

so its ok to run a business out of house.

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woldieMar. 16, 1211:45 PM

anyone know where this guy lives approximately? I live in coon rapids and want to be nowhere near any of these snakes!

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wildfoxMar. 16, 1211:45 PM

Leave animals in the wild.

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adri0801Mar. 17, 1212:31 AM

Let the man keep his snakes. It isn't hurting anything else, and as long as they are given adequate living conditions, I see nothing wrong with this.

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HarryWildMar. 17, 12 1:46 AM

Cheap way to keep the "smart" burglars away. I bet not a lot of visitors either come to this house. Ugh!

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bippy742Mar. 17, 12 8:00 AM

Seems like maybe he needs to invest in an actual building for his company, in a commercial area. I don't think though that having a neighbor with those snakes would particularly bother me. I wonder how smelly that manure really is.

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eaganderMar. 17, 1211:48 AM

How is this different than someone who hoards other animals? Regardless of the type of animal, isn't there city ordinances about the number of animals that can be kept in a home?

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alanwmsMar. 17, 12 6:20 PM

The only thing that seemed to be an issue was the ammonia smells, leaving the home unfit for habitation. Better get over to the dog park and remove all of those homeowners - The ammonia smell in the summer is going to kill someone. They say people pick up after their dogs, but you cant pick up pee - the catalyst for ammonia.

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jellob0yMar. 17, 12 8:59 PM

is this hurting any one? No. Are they well kept? yes. is he making a living in this messed up economy legally? yes. Is he working to meet the needs that the town wants him to? Yes. So why tell him he cant do what he loves? Now when a new law is made to change something like how close a home can be to a lake do we make all the home owners move them? NO we grandfather them in and say it is ok to keep them but no new ones can be built. So should this be any different he is not hurting anyone here?

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wildlifercsMar. 18, 12 4:47 PM

Human's irrational fear of snakes is just that, irrational! Dogs and cats kill more people in the US every year than snakes (wild and captive combined; CDC, 2012), and yet they are allowed to be kept legally! Also see: Langley, R.L. 2005. Animal-Related Fatalities in the United States-An Update. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine 16:67-74.

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