The cause of death for a Maryland man who was discovered deceased on January 19 after being surrounded by a house full of snakes he kept as pets was released Wednesday, according to reports.
According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland, David Riston, 49, died of "snake envenomation." His death was ruled to be an accident.
According to reports, no one knew the man was keeping the snakes at his house, but he had a long, and dangerous list kept "meticulously" in cages.
When Riston was discovered during a welfare check in January, he had 124 snakes, some described as "exotic and unlawful." According to reports, the list of snakes Riston kept included a 14-foot Burmese python, as well as rattlesnakes, cobras, and black mambas.
One of the snakes allegedly tipped him off is now believed to have been attacked and murdered.
That day, all of the snakes were apparently removed.