Hollywood Man Arrested For Keeping Burmese Pythons In Duffle Bag, Cooler


Police arrested a Hollywood man Wednesday after he failed to appear in court to face wildlife charges for keeping two unregistered pythons in a cooler and a duffel bag.

Christopher Hungria, 19, was cited by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on four misdemeanor counts of introducing non-native species to the state.

According to the initial incident report, an anonymous tip led investigators to Hungria's Hollywood apartment.

When a wildlife officer asked Hungria if he was keeping any Burmese pythons inside, he said he wasn't. 

During a search the apartment, authorities discovered something different. According to the report, FWC officials found a black duffel bag with an 8-foot-long Burmese python inside.

"Mr. Hungria stated that the Burmese python was his, but he thought it was in his roommate's car with his other Burmese python," the officer wrote.

The officer then searched Hungria's roommate's car and found a 9-foot-long albino Burmese python inside a cooler, the report said.

Hungria said both pythons were his and that he didn't have a permit for them or any records showing who he bought them from online, the report said.

Hungria was interviewed by the ABC affiliate in New York City in August after his grandmother was robbed by two women posing as police officers. Hungria said he hid his money in a lockbox in an enclosure where he kept the snakes.

"That's why I leave it there, so my snakes could bite their fingers off," Hungria told WABC-TV.

The snakes were turned over to the FWC.


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