Man pleads guilty to illegal possession of venomous snakes

Posted at 10:28 AM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 10:28:46-04

Police say a Maryland man who used the name "VenomMan20" on YouTube has pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal possession of venomous snakes after a search of his home turned up six rattlesnakes and other snakes.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said 29-year-old Brandon Joseph Boyles of Cascade, Maryland, was prohibited from owning dangerous animals in Maryland and required to perform 20 hours of community service.

News outlets report Boyles had worked at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. He took five venomous snakes, three alligators and a crocodile, which he owned, when he left in September 2017. However, Boyles didn't have a permit to keep them in his house.

Police say the crocodile, alligators and a rattlesnake were transferred to the Maryland Reptile Conservation in Dickerson.