An interesting wrinkle to story about the house infested with thousands of snakes: when the previous owners bought it, they were told the owners before them “made up a story that there were snakes” in there to get out of paying their mortgage. The real estate agent also told them “every precaution” had been taken to make sure there was no snake problem. Unfortunately, the snakes turned out to be very real indeed.
Listings for the house don’t seem to mention the slithering friends you’d be housemates with either:
This great 5 bed, 2 bath home has recently been remodeled, is on almost 1 & 3/4 acres with a double car attached garage! The main level has a large family room with propane fireplace, a large kitchen with center island, a full main bath, 3 large bedrooms, and a large laundry room. The upper level has 2 large bedrooms, a 3/4 bath, and a spacious family room. Call us today to come take a look!”
They also forgot to mention that the well water tastes like how the snakes smell. When frightened, garters emit a nasty-smelling juice from their anal glands. And the phermones the secrete can attract other garters from miles away. These subjects came up when the house was the subject of an episode of Infested on Animal Planet.
With stories about discovering your new house has a sordid past, be it snake house or meth house, it seems like it’s a good idea to Google the address of any house you’re thinking about to check and see if its the subject of any horrific news stories before putting down a down payment.
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