Agents from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources found themselves forced to invoke the state statute that prohibits citizens from owning cobras and rattlesnakes this week.
In Crespatown, DNR received a tip about three venomous snakes in the home of John Paul Stosick. They got a warrant and made entry, finding three snakes: a West African spitting cobra, a monocled cobra and a timber rattlesnake.
Agents also learned that Stosick owned Daddieo’s pet shop in Cumberland. Upon searching that location, they found about a dozen corn snakes. While this species prefers suffocating its prey to poisoning, Stosick was unable to slither away from the law. Corn snakes require a permit to sell, which he lacked.
The snakes were taken to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo.
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