WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A wildlife officer, responding to a complaint, made a surprising discovery at a West Palm Beach home.
Inside the residence, at 544 Green Springs Place, he found a menagerie of poisonous snakes, including four cobras, five copperheads and a white lipped pit viper, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The investigator said after he arrived at the house, he met with 29-year-old Brian Buchkowski, who said, the only reptiles he had did not require a permit.
However, the investigator noticed a sheet draped over a plastic container. When the sheet was moved the inspector said the cobra 'flared its head' and struck the plastic.
The officer said he then discovered two other similarly concealed cobras in the closet.
Buchkowski claimed there were no other snakes, according to an incident report. But the officer continued looking around, and said, under a sink, he found five copperhead snakes along with a white lipped pit viper.
At that point, Buchkowski admitted he also had a black and white spitting cobra, according to the incident report.
The officer cited Buchkowski for several violations including unlocked and improperly labeled enclosures as well as a lack of paperwork on where he obtained the snakes.
FWC said it seized all the venomous snakes and transferred them to an individual with valid permits.