1. ITV Report

Crocodile and 16 live snakes found in Essex house

Police found a 4ft spectacled caiman crocodile and 16 live snakes in an Essex house while searching it as part of a drugs investigation.

Credit: Essex Police

Officers said the creatures were found in a bedroom at the address in Burdett Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.

Credit: Essex Police

Among the 16 live snakes were pythons and a Madagascan giant hognose snake, and several that were classed as dangerous wild animals including cobras and copperheads. A further seven snakes were found dead.

The reptiles were held in very poor conditions and sadly a number had died.

We contacted the RSPCA, whose specialist handlers removed them from the house.

Those that survived are now in the care of an RSPCA centre.

We are working together with the charity as part of the investigation into how these wild animals came to be kept in such conditions.

As officers we come across many different finds during our investigations and these are among the more unusual.

– Detective Inspector Steve Nelson, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate