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157 Snakes and lizards, 2,000 mice and rats found in St. Charles house

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Credit: Simon Howden By Simon Howden Credit: Simon Howden By Simon Howden

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- St. Charles County detectives knew by the stench as they tried to enter a home that there was something strange inside.

They were right: Authorities say the house was inhabited by 157 snakes and lizards and up to 2,000 mice and rats to feed them.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 37-year-old Anthony Higgins Sr. and his wife, 36-year-old Michelle Higgins, were both charged Thursday with two counts of child endangerment. Their children, a 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, are in the custody of an uncle.

Deputies were called to the home after a hotline call about possible child neglect. Officials say the smell was so bad the deputies had to run back outside.

The couple did not have a telephone listing, and did not yet have an attorney.

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