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Snake Infestation in Walls Ruins New Home for Woman: "I'm Scared to Death"

Woman had just moved in when she made the shocking discovery.

A Colorado woman got a slithery shock when moving into her new house: "Shockingly big" snakes were living in the walls.  "I'm scared to death," said Amber Hall, 42, about the discovery less than two weeks ago. Here's what you need to know about this scary situation.


From Dream Home to Unexpected Discovery


Hall moved into her four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Centennial, Colorado, after saving up for her entire life to buy a dream home. She had been looking at houses for a few weeks when she found the place she said was the one.  She imagined her two children and two dogs playing in the backyard. But then, one of the dogs began sniffing around.


She Thought It Was a Spider…


"I was trying to unpack, and my dog crouched down and he started walking over here really slow," Hall said, pointing to a door along the back wall of her garage.

"I came over to see what he was looking at, thinking it was like a spider or something, and there were two little holes right here and I saw snakes slither up the wall," she said "So, I panicked."

…But It Wasn't a Spider


Hall has found nearly a dozen snakes in less than two weeks, she said.  She described the snakes as "shockingly large."

"After all the research, everybody's saying they're some form of garter snake," she said. "But they're also giving the caveat that nobody's ever seen their garter snake that big."  Garter snakes are not venomous but can still bite.

What It's Like Living With Snakes


"I can't unpack any of my stuff because I'm definitely afraid that there's snakes in the boxes or under the boxes," Hall said, adding: "It's like you crawl into bed, and if the sheet brushes your foot or something, you immediately rip the covers off or jump out of bed to make sure nothing's in there."

She said she's afraid to use the toilet out of fear a snake will emerge.  Hall suspected other people knew about the snakes, though the real estate company said it would have informed her if someone had seen them earlier.

"It's Rough"


Hall hired a snake and pest company to relocate the reptiles humanely at a cost of more than $1,000 so far, she said.  It's possible there's a snake den underground near the house's garage, said Joe Sheftel, president of Blue Tick Pest and Wildlife Control.  "It's rough," Hall said. "I'm 42 years old, and this is my first home. I've worked my whole life for it, and I can't enjoy it."

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