A 31-year-old man in Toledo, who was rushed to hospital after claiming to have been bitten by a rattlesnake while walking in a field, was trying to hide a secret stash of 45 highly poisonous and lethal snakes and 12 scorpions at his home.
The man had calmly called the 112 emergency services after he was bitten and was rushed to hospital where an antidote was administered and he spent a day in an intensive care unit.
But Guardia Civil officers didn’t believe his version of events and investigations showed that the man was fond of collecting exotic animals on a farm in Val de Santo Domingo. Once a court order was obtained to search the property the police found 45 snakes and 12 scorpions in terrariums.
Thanks to the help of specialists more than 30 species of reptiles were recorded, including two green mambas, a king cobra and a boa constrictor.
As the man could not provide documentation that would prove their legitimate origin and authorisation for the possession of these animals, the Seprona nature protection service of the Guardia Civil seized the reptiles and took them to a zoological centre.
The recovering 31-year-old man now faces animal protection charges.