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Snake infested home
wilford, ID

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Idaho Couple`s Home Infested With Snakes

The Hepworths knew the house would require some maintenance. But they never thought they`d need a snake charmer. Shortly after Lyman and Jeanine Hepworth began working on a rundown property outside of town, they experienced a trauma more fit for Samuel L. Jackson`s character in "Snakes on a Plane" than a pair of eastern Idaho do-it-yourselfers.

Snakes fell on Lyman Hepworth`s head when he opened the door to a pump house near the small house the couple planned to buy.

"When it warmed up, we walked onto the yard and the whole yard moved," Jeanine Hepworth told the Rexburg Standard Journal.

One day, Lyman Hepworth reached to turn on a light and discovered the pull cord was actually a snake.

Last March, the Hepworths were having money troubles. Struggling to pay off their medical bills and make house payments, they sold their old home.

They planned to buy a home and a couple of outbuildings from an acquaintance on a few acres outside tiny Wilford.

Then they found the snakes - in the lawn, in the living room and in their hair.

Turns out the property was a winter snake sanctuary, likely a snake den or hibernaculum where snakes gather in large numbers to hibernate for the winter, said Lauri Hanauska-Brown, a biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

In the spring and summer the snakes fan out across the wilds of eastern Idaho, but as the days get shorter and cooler, the snakes return to the resting place - in this case, the Hepworths` new home - where they ball up for heat.

The snakes are likely a terrestrial garter snake, Hanauska-Brown said. Reptiles are a protected species meaning the Hepworths cannot bait them or kill them, she said.

The couple have not contacted Fish and Game to move the garters, Hanauska-Brown said. The department would attempt to move the snakes, but it could be difficult because if they move them too far they would die and if they move them close by the snakes would likely return to hibernate, she said.

"They are used to going there and kind of balling up," Hanauska-Brown told The Associated Press. "That sounds kind of Indiana Jonesish. But this is a natural thing."

The Hepworths so far have not moved in, but Lyman Hepworth`s brother is still making payments, though the seller offered to refund their money when he found out about the infestation.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 1027     9/27/2006 12:00:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

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you wont find me anywhere near that house, i hate snakes

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I wonder if the house is for sale? Call me 5093087874 tina

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I watched the show on TV "animal planet. Good story on the snake house. Sounds like they were sitting on a gold mine. Snake steaks, wallets, shoes, belts, etc. Guess it's their lost. (Just joking) The story was good, along with the other infestation stories.---From next door Washington


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 65672     1/18/2011 3:40:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Try putting mothballs around the perimeter and under the house after the snakes leave; of course in this case use plenty of mothballs.         From Peter Soprano in South Louisiana.




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