08/16/2013 03:44 EDT | Updated 10/16/2013 05:12 EDT

40 pythons found in Brantford, Ont., motel

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has seized 40 pythons that were discovered in a Brantford, Ont., motel, police say.

Police found the snakes in several plastic storage bins at a Colborne Street motel in Brantford, which is located west of Hamilton.

The biggest python was estimated to be 1.3 metres long.

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Police said the snakes weren't being properly cared for and were "in distress."

Officers contacted the SPCA, which came and took the snakes. They are now in the care of the Brant County SPCA.

It is illegal to own a python in Brantford.

The discovery comes after two boys were killed by a python in New Brunswick earlier this month.