By Matt Morgan, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Florida Wildlife Commission officials took 10 venomous snakes from a West Palm Beach home this month and left behind a slew of citations.
Brian Buchkowski, 29, did not have permit for the 10 snakes in his home, including five copperheads, three monocled cobras, a black and white spitting cobra and a white-lipped pit viper, according to a FWC report.
Officers responded to the Green Springs Place home Sept. 11 regarding a complaint that Buchkowski was keeping snakes without a permit, the report said. Buchkowski lives at the residence with his parents.
Buchkowski first showed officers 10 other snakes that he had, none of which required a permit.
But they found the monocled cobra in the closet, another snake in a covered aquarium and several others in a small plastic container under the sink.
Buchkowski was cited for keeping the snakes without a license, keeping the snakes in containers that did not have proper locks, keeping the snakes without proper bite protocol, having no record of acquisition and failure to identify non-native species.
All the snakes are now being housed with a person who has the proper permits, the report said.