New Mexico authorities have removed three children from a home they were sharing with dozens of reptiles.
Albuquerque city officials say the three children, ages 8, 6 and 2, along with their mother, were found on Monday living in an apartment with more than 50 live snakes and lizards.
A city public safety spokesperson called the conditions "deplorable," saying there was pet feces and urine all over the apartment.
He also says the people inside were hoarders, making it difficult for investigators to move around.
Animal Welfare officials say the snakes were being bred to be sold and were found in boxes.
Cages of mice and rats were also found in the apartment.
Animal welfare officials say they were being used to feed the snakes.
Investigators made the discovery after one of the children showed up at school smelling of urine.
The mother has been charged with child abuse and the children are now staying with relatives.