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Minnesota Man Allowed to Keep 200 Snakes in His Home

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A Minnesota man with more than 200 snakes in his basement is not breaking any laws, city officials declared Wednesday. Scott Nellis of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, passed a compliance check Wednesday when officials determined he didn't have any prohibited snakes in his collection.

“They don’t bother anybody. They’re contained in secure cages in secure rooms in my secure home," Nellis told NBC affiliate KARE 11. "They can’t escape. They can’t get out they can’t harm the public. And They’re all non-venomous snakes.” Nellis first attracted law enforcement's attention in 2011, when a neighbor complained that a foul smell was coming from his yard. Authorities came to the home and found it had about 300 snakes in it at the time, including boas and pythons, which aren't allowed because they're constrictor snakes. The night before the compliance check, Nellis removed about 160 snakes from his home, including his favorite python, KARE 11 reported. He did not say where he moved the snakes to. Nellis runs a snake-breeding business, which officials say he can continue to operate as long as it's not the primary use of his home.

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