Mamba bite exposes illicit Tokyo snake collection
Imagine living beside a man who kept 51 venomous snakes in his apartment. Well, that was what a few residents in Tokyo experienced without even knowing it.
A Japanese man lived with 51 venomous snakes in his apartment in central Tokyo. He would have gotten away with it if it weren't for a Mamba bite that requires treatment.
The 41-year-old Tokyo manual labourer was arrested on Wednesday on his release from hospital because keeping dangerous snakes without a local government licence is illegal in Japan, broadcaster NHK said.
The man is 41 years old and is a manual labourer in Tokyo. His collection of snakes include cobras and huge mambas. Last month, he was rushed to the hospital after receiving a deadly bite from an 1.85 metre green mamba during a deeding process. At one point in time, he lost consciousness as a result of the bite.
It seemed like his neightbours really didn't know what's next door.
"Of course I'm shocked. It's revolting," one elderly neighbour told NHK.