A Canadian motel room had 40 pythons locked inside storage bins, forcing authorities to remove them.
The pythons ranged from 1 foot to 4 feet in length, local police said in a statement. They were all housed in one room at the Bell City Motel in Brantford, Ont., which is located north of Toronto.
The snakes belonged to a couple who stayed in the room for a night. They were evicted by their landlord, who told police that the snakes were taken to the motel.
In Brantford, pythons are not legal for home ownership.
“The snakes were not being suitably cared for and were in distress. The anxious officers called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who attended and took 40 pythons into their care,” local police said in a statement.
Police said the snakes are fine, but did not say what will happen to them.
“Owning a python is illegal in Brantford as it contravenes the City’s Animal Control Bylaw. The SPCA are continuing to investigate the matter,” it added.
A week ago, two young children in eastern Canada were killed by a 13-foot-long python, which attacked them while they slept. The snake was later destroyed.