Annapolis Snake House: National Geographic Weighs In

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Photo via the Virginia Herpetological Association
Photo via the Virginia Herpetological Association

Now that we’ve all had a few days to get over our shock and disgust at the Annapolis “snake house” — a residence that surprised its new family with an infestation black rat snakesNational Geographic consulted a snake expert to ask some crucial questions, like “Eww, why?” and “Eww, how?”

David Steen is a wildlife ecologist at Auburn University in Alabama. He told National Geographic that a snake infestation in your house is pretty rare. “It’s not something most people should expect or fear,” he said.

Steen said it’s likely that the snakes used the house as a warm place to pass the winter. And it was probably built on a location at which the snakes had already been gathering.

That’s fine. But if you’d rather take no chances, be sure to repair all cracks an crevices in your doorframes, walls, and foundation.



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