36 Dangerous Snakes Find Temporary Home

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

36 venomous snakes confiscated from a west Omaha home earlier this month continue to be cared for at the Henry Doorly Zoo. For now, it’s their temporary home as they have nearly doubled the work for the zoo keepers.

Jessi Krebs and his staff are tending to the snakes. And say it is taxing on the staff that already cares for animals.

“I really hope that people think about, outside of these selfish needs,” said Krebs.

He says his staff is trained, has the protocol and procedures not to mention the anti-venom, should one of these deadly snakes strike.

Earlier this month, the Nebraska Humane Society, with the help of zookeepers, took the 36 snakes out of John Foss's home. All 36 were illegal to possess in Omaha.

“There's a reason for that law and that law is if you get bitten by one of these snakes you can possibly die,” said Mark Langan with the Nebraska Humane Society

Langan says there were kids living in the home, possibly down the hall from where the snakes were being housed.

“Dogs and cats make great pets, venomous snakes do not, which is why they are outlawed here in Omaha,” said Langan.

For the time being, the snakes have staff tending to them 24 hours a day; separate from the zoo's 23 other venomous snakes already on display.

“Our job is to find new homes for them in places, other zoos that have all the trained staff and protocols, procedures, anti-venom to be able to properly care for them and make sure that the people caring for them are doing it safely,” said Dennis Pate, Zoo Director.

Venomous snakes are currently outlawed in Omaha but not across the entire state. Last year the NHS tried to get a law passed to ban the snakes but it didn't make it out of committee. Langan hopes they can use this case to bring it up again.

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