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Snake house: 404 pythons pulled from house, some worth thousands

Snake house: 404 pythons pulled from house, some worth thousands

After a nearly daylong search, investigators in Santa Ana said they pulled 404 snakes -- more than half of them dead -- from the cluttered home of a Newport Beach elementary school teacher.

Reptile specialists called to the five-bedroom house said the surviving ball pythons would be treated by veterinarians and then offered to zoos, schools or collectors. One of the specialists estimated that the surviving snakes were worth at least $100,000.

William Buchman, identified as a snake breeder, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, a felony.

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