NY snake salesman to open store, replacing garage

A Long Island animal control officer found with more than 850 snakes in his garage is moving them to a storage facility until he can open his own store.

In this photo provided by the Town of Brookhaven, Public Information Office in Brookhaven, N.Y., Michael Ralbovsky, center, who is the General Curator and Herpetologist at the Rainforest Reptile Show, displays one of two Burmese Pythons from a home in Shirley, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Richard Parinello, a Long Island Animal Control Officer, had 850 snakes housed in two garages at the site. Authorities say that he ran an illegal side business selling the animals from his home. (AP Photo/Brookhaven, N.Y. Public Information Office)

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island animal control officer found with more than 850 snakes in his garage is moving them to a storage facility until he can open his own store.

An attorney for Richard Parrinello tells Newsday his client is deciding among three properly zoned locations.

He says moving the reptiles is difficult because it's the end of their breeding season, when female snakes care for their eggs.

The town of Brookhaven says Parrinello is cooperating but has four weeks to get the snakes out of his garage.

Authorities removed two 6-foot Burmese pythons from Parrinello's garage earlier this month. Burmese pythons are illegal to own in New York State without a permit.

Most of Parrinello's snakes are legal, but he's been cited for not having proper permits.


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