The Brooks family of Annapolis, Maryland, thought they’d found their dream home when they purchased it in December, 2014. Everything seemed wonderful and nothing was amiss that winter in the new house.
Then came spring. The first indications that things were not quite right were snakeskins — everywhere. Also, snake droppings (snake feces) could be seen and smelled in various locations. As if this wasn’t alarming enough, soon the family began to see their houseguests — at first one, then two, now upwards of sixteen — in the form of hatchlings to full grown, seven foot long snakes — slithering down walls, crossing rooms, under beds. It didn’t take long for the family to pack it up and head out, leaving the dream home behind to the infestation of black rat snakes. While not venomous, they are certainly alarming to the average person — and not something you’d wish to share your house or bed with.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Brooks family filed a lawsuit for two million dollars with the realty company. They are certainly in a bad position; they can’t sell a house full of snakes that are literally slithering out of walls, and yet they still have a mortgage payment to make — but they can’t live there.
Is this snake problem a sudden development? No. The Brooks’ family lawsuit alleges that the realtor knew there was a “snake problem” (to put it mildly) at the residence. Snake Experts told Jeff and Jody Brooks that snakes had established “highways” through the walls of the $410,000 house, and found snake feces on the walls and in the insulation of the home. Adult and baby snakes were found dead in the house first, then live snakes up to seven feet long began emerging from the walls — scores of them. This is because the house was apparently built (likely not knowingly) on top of a snake den, a place where snakes seek hibernation and warmth in the winter and then mate in the spring. While this situation is very unusual, it is not unheard of. Snakes will seek heat where they can find it, although they usually prefer to be away from humans. However, if the foundation was dug out in a very established snake den, the snakes may have just decided to deal with the humans. The humans, however, did not wish to deal with them.
Jody Brooks said that her biggest fear was that she would find a snake wrapped around her baby daughter. The snake expert said that would not have happened.
“These snakes are harmless except for the scared, poop, and creepy factor.”
[Photo by Jeff Brooks]