Imagine encountering a snake at home, in your workplace, or another familiar environment that you’ve always regarded as safe. Just such a situation has occurred repeatedly. Recent snake invasions have alarmed citizens and officials alike, led to lawsuits, and prompted eradication efforts by officials. These following bizarre snake invasions happened to others, but they could just as easily happen to you as well.
Dream House Snake Invasions
Jeff and Jody Brooks thought they’d found their dream house when they moved into their new residence in Annapolis, Maryland, in December 2015. Instead, they’d occupied a house of horrors. A dozen black rat snakes had invaded their domicile. Months after the family moved into their new home, the couple’s four-year-old son encountered the first of the snakes. Since then, they have found many other snakes, nests, and snake skins. The family deserted the house after they found the third reptile. The snakes range from 1.8 to 2.1 meters (6–7 ft) long. The couple ended up spending $60,000 on pest control. Finally, they sued the previous homeowner, Joan Broseker, and her agent and daughter, Barbara Van Horn, who sold them the house, asking for $2 million, which includes the $410,000 they paid for the house and $1 million in punitive damages.
Paul Roberston and his wife, Shawn Davis, sued the manager of Bradford Gwinnett, a Norcross, Georgia, apartment complex, where they and other residents live alongside venomous snakes. The manager, they said, has been negligent in controlling snakes that invaded the property sometime in 2013. They’ve encountered half a dozen of the reptiles, including a rat snake and a 1.8-meter-long (6 ft) copperhead. Another resident’s six-year-old son was bitten by one of the snakes. The couple protested the snake invasions by withholding their rent, an action which led to their eviction.
In 2009, residents of a Manitoba housing complex for seniors, located in Inwood, about 75 kilometers (47 mi) from Winnipeg, began seeing snakes in hallways, on a kitchen counter, in bed, inside a baseboard heater, and on an external wall. One resident, Jim Monkman, said he was exiting his apartment when a snake fell on his shoulder.
Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh vowed to examine the situation immediately. Ralph Eichler, conservative member of the Legislative Assembly for Lakeside, said that Manitoba Housing has known about the problem for years but has taken no action.
Abuja University of Technology, Abaji, in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat, India, hadn’t even opened before snakes began to take over the campus, living in weeds growing in the area. As a result, the school had to postpone its planned September 2013 opening. In a similar incident, snake invasions have occurred at the South China Normal University and other institutions of higher education in Guangzhou. A student posted a message about her sighting of a 50-centimeter (20 in) green snake she saw on her way to the school’s library.
In 2013, 15-centimeter (6 in) snakes invaded Wagener-Salley High School in Wagener, South Carolina. Assistant Principal James Arnold said that ten or so of the snakes were found in buildings and on the school grounds. He believed they were frightened from their hiding places when students returned to school after the summer break.
Down the street from the school,a black rat snake, caused panic at the Wagener Medical Center, and a grass snake was caught at nearby Aiken’s Silver Bluff High School.
Brown DeKay’s snakes, also known as earth snakes, invaded the Hinds County, Mississippi, circuit clerk’s basement office, taking up residence there for several months in the spring of 2013. According to Deputy Clerk Kelly Phillips, the largest of the nonvenomous snakes was the thickness of her finger and several inches long. Although the snakes were harmless, they frightened Phillips and several of her colleagues.
Telecommunications Services Of Trinidad and Tobago
Employees of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) in San Fernando were not happy about the snakes that invaded their workplace in July 2013.they shut the place down, refusing to work alongside the invaders. Communication Workers Union (CWU) Representative Dylan Charles expressed workers’ concern about unsafe working conditions and said that the company had not adequately addressed the situation. TSTT hired a pest control company to spray the compound, and some of the snakes were killed.
In September 2005, more than 200 snakes were removed from Dike Hospital near Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England. Most were in the hospital’s boiler room, perhaps attracted by the heat. Eric Pritchard, the forest ranger who removed the snakes, said that the boiler room represented a perfect place for a pregnant snake to lay her eggs.
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