The tendency of garter snakes to spend the winter in large communal dens has proven problematic for the bank that owns this pleasant-looking Idaho home - and downright unnerving for its last two owners
Courtesy Quest Realty The tendency of garter snakes to spend the winter in large communal dens has proven problematic for the bank that owns this pleasant-looking Idaho home - and downright unnerving for its last two owners

It was a story to gladden the heart of an editor or blogger facing a slow news day: The nice-looking little house had been marked down from $175,000 to $109,200 because it was infested with ... snakes. Adding to the fun was the fact that the Rexburg, Idaho, home was located in the Snake River Valley.

But the former owners weren't laughing. They, like the owners before them, opted to stop paying their mortgage and move out rather than live among snakes - even if they were just nonpoisonous garter snakes.

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