Snakes on the House! How’d You Like to Try to Sell This House?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Thousands of snakes have invaded a five-bedroom home in Idaho, and one real estate agent is on a search for a snake-loving buyer.

Realty Quest associate broker Todd Davis has been searching for a buyer for the home, infamously known as the “Idaho Snake House.” “I guess I need a snake lover,” he told the Daily Mail. “Or someone with multiple mongooses.”

The owners of the home had walked away last year after snakes began overtaking the home; the home has since fallen into foreclosure.

Thousands of snakes are estimated to be slithering on the home’s ceilings and walls. Many snakes are believed to be sandwiched between the house and its exterior siding. Piles of snakes were also found in the crawlspace. While the garter snakes are not poisonous and harmless to humans, many buyers may not want the slithering reptiles as roommates.

Joe Collins, director of the Center for North American Herpetology in Lawrence, Kan., told the Daily Mail that the house was likely built on a snake den site. If that’s the case, the snakes are not likely to relocate, even if temporarily uprooted.

The home is listed at $109,000 — $66,000 less than its estimated market value.

So any ideas on how to stage around snakes? Watch the YouTube video below of the prior home owners describing their co-habitants.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. This would have solved the problem of the “rats for pets” clients I had late last year.

  2. I wonder if a pest control company can do soemthing about this? If they are coming from a below ground snake pit couldn’t they just put chemicals in the ground maybe monthly until they are gone? Snakes have to die from some kind of poison so can’t it just be found? I hate it when a good house can’t be saved!

  3. I watched an episode on TV recently that covered the same issue. The home owners had to do the same thing (abandon the home) but only after exhausting there savings trying to get ride of the snakes. They bought the home as a foreclosure and so no disclosures were made. I feel bad for the next owners that will be also purchasing is as a foreclosure.

  4. Laurie

    You know, I’m sorry, but I am finding this a bit hard to believe. Before the buyers purchased the home, they would of noticed, by doing investigations, or purly just hanging out at their new home to be (provided it was empty, most probably a forclosure) that there were snakes.
    And, if it was sold from a home owner, you are looking at a lawsuit for non-disclosure. Nope…I don’t think I buy this one!

  5. terry

    Decades ago, there was a new home built about 7 miles from where I live today. A nice, single story rambler type home, a way’s off the main road, yet, visible. Anyways after about 5 years, I noticed there was a “temporary” chain link fence around the property. I asked a local cop about it and he said the place was abandoned by the owners due to snake infestation. Seemed it was built on a snake pit, but they didn’t know it until 5 years later. Today, the house still stands,,, empty, with the same chain link fence surrounding it.

  6. carole

    i know how to get ride of then i want that house now let talk email me now