Officers who raided his home in Basildon, Essex, found scorpions venomous enough to kill humans, a gaboon viper
, the most poisonous viper, and a spitting cobra among dozens of deadly animals.
They included the deadly Gaboon Viper
, which kills around 300 people in West Africa each year.
The haul included an adult gaboon viper
which has the longest fangs of any venomous snake, said Insp Nevin Hunter of Devon and Cornwall police.
Disruptive coloration hides a venomous gaboon viper
in leaves as it eagerly waits for a meal of birds, rodents, or frogs in Africa's tropical forests.
Feel the hairs stand up on your arms as the thick-bodied gaboon viper
rouses from sleep, lifts its arrow-shaped head and bares a set of deadly two-inch fangs, the longest of any snake in the world.