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Snakes on the plains: 150+ snakes removed from under couple's Colorado home

A couple discovered a snake den underneath their back deck after they started springing up between the boards and slithering on the house.
(Photo: Shaynon McFadden and Royce Robins)

ELIZABETH, Colo. (KUSA) — “Snakes on a Plane” was just a movie, but snakes on the plains of Colorado created a very real nightmare for a couple in Elizabeth.

(Photo: Shaynon McFadden and Royce Robins)

Shaynon McFadden and Royce Robins bought the home on Rushmore Street in November 2018. It wasn’t until the following spring that snakes sprung up from the back deck.

“We started seeing garter snake heads popping up in between the wood slats on the ground level patio,” Shaynon McFadden said.

As the weather warmed, more snakes appeared. They spotted snakes in the yard, under the deck, around the foundation and even inside the home.

The couple hired an exterminator, who discovered a large snake den underneath the back deck. More than 150 snakes were removed from the property and relocated, the couple said.

McFadden said she had no idea about the “snake infestation” when she and her husband purchased the home. Under Colorado law, sellers and realtors must disclose any material fact about the property to a potential buyer.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Association of Realtors, a nonprofit real estate trade association with more than 26,000 members, said a snake infestation would qualify as a material fact that would have to be disclosed, regardless of efforts by the owner to fix the problem.

Arguments over non-disclosure are among the most common disputes after a sale, the spokesperson said.