A schoolteacher was arrested after at least 300 living and dead pythons were found in plastic bins inside his stench-filled suburban home in California, police said.
Officers found the snakes as well as mice and rats while searching the house after neighbours complained about the smell of something rotten, police spokesman Anthony Bertagna said.
"The smell alone - I feel like I need to take a shower for a week," Bertagna said. "They're pretty much in all the bedrooms - everywhere."
The pythons were kept throughout the five-bedroom house.
William Buchman, a 53-year-old teacher, was arrested for investigation of neglect in the care of animals, Bertagna said.
Animal control authorities had tried to work with Buchman for several months after neighbours reported the smell but sought a warrant after they were not allowed inside the home where Buchman lived alone, Bertagna said.