HUNDREDS of living and dead snakes were discovered packed inside a California home after neighbours complained of an "overwhelming stench" emerging from the property.

The complaints prompted an investigation by the Department of Animal Services, who raided William Buchman's house in Santa Ana on Wednesday.

The 53-year-old school teacher was arrested for investigation of neglect in the care of animals, after officers found at least 300 pythons stacked inside his home.

The pythons were kept throughout the five-bedroom house.

Animal control authorities had attempted to work with Mr Buchman for several months after neighbours reported the smell but sought a warrant when they were not allowed inside the home where he lived alone, police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Dead snakes are shown at the home of William Buchman "The smell alone - I feel like I need to take a shower for a week", he told reporters. "They're pretty much in all the bedrooms - everywhere."

Numerous rats and mice were also discovered inside the house.

More on this story at The Independent



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