Gaboon vipers have the strongest venom yield of any snake.
Photo: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Photo: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Slithery situation as deadly vipers are found in Georgia man’s home near crib

A man was charged after deputies said they found deadly venomous snakes in a Jackson County home he shared with his mother and a child.

Sheriff Janis Mangum told Channel 2 Action News that deputies went to the home to check on a report of possible drug activity, but instead found two Gaboon vipers, which are illegal to own without a permit.

Gregory Frederick (Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

Gregory Alan Frederick, 28, faces several charges, including possession of wild animals without a permit, reckless conduct and ownership and custody of wildlife, according to arrest warrants obtained by

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources seized the reptiles.

Authorities said the deadly snakes were kept in the same home where a child lived. (Photo: Georgia Department of Natural Resources)

Pictures taken by the DNR showed a crib next to a compartment holding at least one of the vipers.

The Division of Family and Children Services was also notified, Mangum said.

The Gaboon viper, native to sub-Saharan Africa, has the longest fangs and the highest venom yield of any snake.

Mangum said the snakes were extremely unsafe to have in a home.

“Just because you have them in a container doesn't mean they can't get out,” she told Channel 2.

The snakes are being held by Southeastern Reptile Rescue, a private business in Spalding County that has a permit to hold the vipers, DNR Capt. Mike England said.

England, a game warden with the investigative unit, said Zoo Atlanta and Southeastern Reptile Rescue are the only locations in Georgia that are permitted to hold this type of animal.

Once the case involving the snakes is closed, the reptiles can be transferred out of state to another facility.

Investigators urged anyone with information about a possible wild animal violation to contact the DNR’s Ranger Hotline.

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