A California elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday after police discovered an estimated 300 to 400 pythons –both alive and dead — in his Santa Ana home.
“Some [were] in boxes, some in crates and some crawling around,” Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said, according to ABC Los Angeles.
The station tweeted the following photo from inside the house, provided by Santa Ana police.
William Fredrick Buchman faces animal cruelty charges. Police found the snakes while serving a search warrant at his home. Police described the stench in the home as “God-awful,” according to NBC Los Angeles.
Investigators were responding to complaints from neighbors about the foul odor coming from the home.
The house was also said to be infested with mice and rats.