Social Media Star Venom Man Charged With 23 Animal-Related Offenses

“Not only is he a danger to himself and these animals, he’s a danger to other people,” said Maryland police officer Wanda DuBois. “Of course now, it’s up to a judge, but we just don’t want anyone to get hurt over his foolishness.”

A Youtube vlogger has been arrested in Maryland behind multiple animal abuse charges. Brandon Joseph Boyles has a millions of followers and a channel that features deadly snakes, reptiles of all varieties, and (according to critics) questionable stunts.

Maryland police raided his home and have charged the man with almost two dozen separate charges. What’s most unsettling though, is that he had extremely dangerous snakes in enclosures where they could easily escape.

And some may have done exactly that…

Here’s the scoop from Fox News:

Ten snakes with the potential to deliver a fatal bite to humans were found at the home of a Maryland resident popularly known as “VenomMan20.”

The Maryland Natural Resources Police announced Monday 28-year-old Brandon Joseph Boyles had posted videos to YouTube under that moniker, attracting millions of followers.

An investigator learned that Boyles took five venomous snakes, three alligators and a crocodile he owned when he left his job at the Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve last September. In November, he turned in a Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake, prompting a search warrant.

Officers found two dead cobras in a freezer and snakes housed in poor conditions in habitats that could allow easy escape.

Boyles is charged with 23 offenses, including animal cruelty. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Basically, every wack-job snake enthusiast watches Steve Irwin reruns and thinks “hey I could do that.” They go out and get some dangerous animals, a camera, and register a Youtube account. In an effort to garner attention and attract more followers, their stunts get crazier and more dangerous.

This has led to many deaths, many of which we’ve reported on Animal Lovers Are Life. These amateur bloggers would do well to heed the lessons of Steve Irwin’s tragically short life. Even seasoned professionals can be killed around dangerous animals.

What’s your take on this situation?


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