Snake drama on S. 2nd … a Fat Tuesday inspection story
When the inspector said 5′ long and a 4″ girth and used the word “exotic”, we had grandiose ideas of someone’s lost python under the house on S. 2nd. It went something like this …
The inspector was just entering the crawl space under the house and the snake was right there all coiled up but quickly startled by the inspectors presence. So the big bad snake raised up in the air climbing / moving out of the way quickly. As you can imagine, the inspector did the same and backed out of the space quickly and called the inspection done for the day.
As the listing agent, I get the call from the buyers agent at 4 pm with the “request” to remove the snake asap so they can complete the inspection. After a few phone calls including city animal service (no), and an exotic pet store (no), I landed on the Austin Reptile Service and they were awesome.
They were at the house at 6 and methodically crawled around under the house looking for mr. snake and found him in about 10-15 minutes. They are coming back out this afternoon to make sure he was the only one.
The snake was neither “exotic” nor someone’s lost pet nor wide-girthed but he was 4 1/2 feet long and resembled a fat water hose. Mr. (or mrs.) snake was a TX rat snake or bull snake, common and harmless (but they will bite if they’re mad). This particular mr. snake will either be used in the Austin Reptile Service educational program or will be released to a more suitable natural environment.
Definitely a memorable Fat Tuesday real estate inspection day.
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