I hate snakes! I am scared to death of them. As far as I’m concerned, all snakes are deadly! Coming in contact with one, could make me have a heart attack!
Every now and then we have a snake visitor around our house. In fact, just this week, my son had a snake in his yard–and he summoned my husband to come and kill it. I wasn’t there, and I’m glad I missed that event! I think it involved my husband missing a couple of blows to the snake, the snake striking at him, and my daughter screaming, while sitting with her brother in the car! If I’d been there, I would’ve been in the car screaming, too…
Perhaps it was my dislike for snakes that drew my attention to a news story on Yahoo yesterday. The story was about a house in Idaho that has been foreclosed on twice, in recent years, because it’s infested with thousands of garter snakes! Can you imagine? I can’t!The story went on to say that the “Idaho snake house” was actually built in 1920, then remodeled in 2006. Apparently, in recent years, this house has become a place where garter snakes gather in masses to hibernate for the winter! Thousands of snakes slither through the yard, the crawl space, the walls, the ceilings, and across the floors of the house! Former owners of the house even woke up to find snakes in their bed! One former owner reported reaching for a light pull one evening–only to discover it was actually a snake!
If all that’s not disgusting enough, the story goes on to say that although the snakes are harmless, they tend to give off “malodorous secretions” when alarmed, and can even leave your well water tasting a bit like the snakes smell! Doesn’t that make you want to rush to the tap for a glass of water?! Nothing like having “malodorous” snake slime all over the place either!
Chase Bank has taken the “Idaho snake house” off the market, for now, and plans to seal the foundation, and install a barrier around the foundation to prevent future snake access. Because the house was apparently featured on “Animal Planet” earlier this year, Chase now has the task of getting rid of the snakes without harming them. (Ha!) They plan to have the snakes trapped and relocated–as soon as it warms up a bit more, and the snakes begin to crawl! I say put a tent over the house, and gas ’em all…In my opinion, the only good snake is a dead one!
If you’d like to move to Idaho, and wouldn’t mind sharing your home with a few thousand snakes, I’ll bet you can purchase this house C-H-E-A-P ! If you’re the curious kind, take a look at some video of the “snake house” (and some of its inhabitants) which is posted on YouTube. The family featured in the clip was the first family to let the house go into foreclosure because of the snakes.