Rexburg, Idaho – It was a dream come true for Ben and Amber Sessions when they bought their five bedroom home in rural Rexburg, Idaho for less than $180,000. It wasn’t long that it turned into a nightmare. The house was infested with hundreds of snakes. Even though these were garter snakes that are pretty harmless to human beings, the sheer quantity present made their life terrible. This story has even been featured on Animal Planet’s “Infested” series. Truly, Ben Sessions felt as if he and his family were living in one of those horror movies. Ben Sessions was terrified that his pregnant wife would miscarry if they remain in the house for long.
Their quantity can be judged from the picture below:
“Rob Cavallaro, a wildlife biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said the home was likely built on a hibernaculum, a den where snakes gather to hibernate for the winter. When the weather warmed up, the snakes awakened and left the den.” It is like a conflict between humans and animals for survival and for habitation. After a while, the owners gave up and walked away, allowing the house to fall prey to the serpents slithering around in the ceilings and walls. Ben Sessions remembered how he had killed 42 snakes in a day and that was the day when he decided to quit.
Realty Quest associate broker Todd Davis is now faced with the daunting task of trying to sell it. A pest inspector has estimated they are living in the house in their thousands. Mr. Davis jokingly exclaims, “I think the snakes got into a spot and decided to make it their home, now they’ve invited all their friends.” The video below reveals what Mr. Davis is speaking is very true.
The garters cannot be completely dislodged from the place. Even if attempted, some snakes will always remain and reproduce, restarting the cycle. After the Sessions bad luck, neighbors make sure to warn anyone who comes to see this house not to fall into the trap of some greedy real estate broker.
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