Police in Florida made a rather gruesome discovery when they searched a local home and found the corpses of 100 dead pythons.
When called out to do a welfare check on a home in Palm Beach, officers had to don masks and gloves before entering, so fetid was the smell emanating from the property.
They were directed to the 'snake room', the bedroom of the house, where they found the dead pythons alongside the bodies of other dead animals.
Officers said the floor had been covered with animal feces, with the overall condition of the house incredibly poor.
Neighbours say the inhabitant of the house, a 59-year-old woman named as Jennifer Morrison, lived alone and kept to herself.
It is believed that Morrison had tried to become a pet dealer, as she was listed in state corporate records as manager of Jupiter Reptiles & Exotics LLC. State records reveal the company was inactive at the time of the search.
Morrison has been charged with the confinement of animals without the provision of sustenance. If found guilty, she faces possible imprisonment or a fine which could amount to $5,000 (£4,014).