Neb. man gets probation for venomous snakes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha area man who kept up to 30 venomous snakes in his home has been placed on probation, fined $600 and ordered not to have any snakes for a year.

The Omaha World-Herald ( says a Douglas County judge sentenced John Foss Jr. on Wednesday after he pleaded no contest to six animal-cruelty charges.

Authorities seized the snakes in June from Foss' home in Elkhorn. A tip led officials to the house where they found cobras, black mambas, vipers and rattlesnakes in aquariums in a bedroom.

Foss describes himself as a hobbyist who has handled snakes for more than 20 years. The snakes are now at Omaha' Henry Doorly Zoo.

It's illegal to keep venomous snakes within the Omaha city limits.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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