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Snakes Force Family From Home, Into Bankruptcy

MAYBELL, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado family has moved out of their house after discovering hundreds of snakes living inside. Their home was in the town of Maybell in northwestern Colorado. Now a bankruptcy court may sue the previous owner and real estate agent for failure to disclose the snakes were there.

It looked like a gem — four bedrooms, four baths. But once Cynthia Beaver and her family moved in they discovered the snakes.

“A friend was babysitting our animals and she said, ‘I don’t want to alarm you but there’s a snake back there.’ And then pretty soon there was just hundreds of them,” Beaver said.

Beaver took pictures of them and tried to get rid of them, without any luck. The snakes apparently decided they were there first and weren’t leaving.

“So you’d look back here and there are snakes with their heads sticking out between the siding with their tongues flicking in and out,” she said. “It was way nasty.”

The family quickly made a decision — if the snakes weren’t leaving, they were.

“You expected them to just drop from the ceiling. It was just a nasty feeling. You couldn’t go in the cereal boxes because we were afraid, ‘What if there was a snake in there?”

The dispute over the snakes has gotten a bit nasty as well. The Beaver family claims the real estate agent who sold them the house failed to mention anything about snakes at the closing after being asked about such a rumor. That salesperson insisted she had no knowledge of snakes from previous owners and pointed out the Beaver family chose not to have a professional home inspection done.

“We had to file for bankruptcy to get rid of the house – we lost all of our credit, everything.”

Now the house is for sale as a bank foreclosure. CBS4 obtained the listing brochure which simply says “As Is.” CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger called the new agent who was selling it. He asked the agent if she was aware of any prior history of problems. She said years ago previous owners stated there had been some snakes, but she hasn’t seen any and it has been remedied.

Such a problem is not unheard of. The Animal Planet channel did a story about a family in Idaho. Their yard was infested with garter snakes. They also left their home and filed for bankruptcy.

A lawsuit is in the works over the Maybell home. The previous owner of the house told CBS4 he was not aware of any snakes when he sold the house. He did not want to say more because a lawsuit is expected to be filed by the bankruptcy trustee over whether the issue of snakes should have been disclosed.

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  1. Number 6 says:

    It’s too bad they couldn’t sell it to a lawyer as the shyster would have felt right at home.

    1. David Bennett says:

      Haha. I like that.

    2. Delphinus13 says:

      That actualy might be a good way to scare the snakes out of there. Move a few lawyers in.

      1. Darrell Johnson says:

        won’t work, professional courtesy between the two

    3. abrevaderci says:

      I know snakes. These homes were built over their winter nesting sites. Its called a hibernaculum. They were there before these houses.

      1. Hoot4RE says:

        Sammy the Serpent sez: “Sssssssss, NEXT time get Your DAMNED House inspected, FIRST!” Ssssssssss!

      2. dave says:

        Ahh, so nothing a 50gal barrel of diesel and a match won’t cure….

  2. Lorsman Jeffers says:

    excellent opportunity to tell us what kind of snakes, but alas…

    1. jnsesq says:

      Standard fare for modern “journalism.” You know, generic snakes… KInda like generic perps in urban flash mob violence. “We don’t need no stinkin’ details!”

      1. TomD says:

        It’s not standard fare for modern journalism. It’s standard fare for local TV news, which is not about providing information but about providing titillation. It doesn’t matter what sorts of titles these TV people give themselves — this one is an “investigator,” haha — they’re just on camera playing make-believe.

        If you want actual journalism, you still have to rely on content from a newspaper or magazine.

      2. dave says:

        So we can safely assume the snakes were black then…..

    2. Sergeant Hulka says:

      If they were white Christian Republican snakes, you’d damn sure know it.

      1. Jason says:

        Poor white Christian Republicans. Such victims.

      2. AnonEmus says:

        LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! Truth hurts…

      3. dave says:

        Jason:
        “Poor white Christian Republicans. Such victims.”

        Why don’t you pull your pants up, quit using ghetto slang, finish high school and try to be one before “dissin” us, Cuz!

      4. catquick says:

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

    3. Daniel says:

      Read this story else where, the snakes are Garter snakes. Harmless but annoying nonetheless.

  3. Drew says:

    I just cant beleive that they couldnt have been gotten rid of. There is so much missing information here like what kind of snakes, did they do anything to try to get rid of them, professional opinions on what could be done etc……
    From the sounds of it, they saw snakes, alot of snakes, and no matter what could be done they were not living there.

    1. LJ says:

      I think it’s the same thing that happened in Idaho where the snakes have been going to that specific piece of land for years to hibernate and the community was built up around it. Also, it was thousands of snakes (not hundreds) living in the walls and completely taking over the house. If that’s the case, theres nothing you can do. You can bring down the house, put a new one up and still have the same problem next year.

    2. Radiant says:

      Does that mean that progressive liberal-socialist snakes are “generic”?

      1. Julio Pezuka says:

        Also gender neutral

  4. Chase says:

    …and why did they waive a home inspection?

    1. Kevin says:

      Exactly my thought. What idiot doesn’t have a home inspection done.

      As the old adage goes, “Buyer Beware”. If you’re can’t be bothered to do some basic homework before buying a house, you deserve whatever gets passed off to you.

  5. Smash Crasher says:

    Look on the bright Side. At least they didn’t have any mice.

    1. Don says:

      The snakes wished there were mice…..

      1. TomD says:

        Whoooosh.

  6. Torr torr says:

    Such a cheap skate. Ruining a family’s lively hood over money. How could you look a fellow honest man in the eyes and tell him it was just a bland rumor. Integrity seems to be a thing of the past.

  7. wakelaky says:

    I don’t know what’s worse: the snakes in the house or the multiple spelling errors in this story! Where’s the editor? Did the writer use spellcheck or even go to school? Sad.

  8. N.J. says:

    Wussies. Snakes are better tasting than chicken!

  9. Deskboy says:

    You could not tell unless you waived a lit torch around and the floor slithers.

  10. Home Guard says:

    As a professional home inspector, I have to laugh at the comment about “they did not hire a home inspector.”

    Home Inspectors do not look for snakes–they look for building defects, shoddy maintenance, unsafe items, etc.

    Depending on the time of year that the house was purchased, the snakes may not even be present.

    Other than that, this is a failure to disclose issue and those vary by state.

    1. KAREN says:

      ARE YOU FREAKING NUTS? THEY MAY NOT SPECIFICALLY LOOK FOR PESTS BUT THEY WOULD HAVE FOUND THEM IN THE NORMAL COURSE OF LOOKING FOR OTHER DEFECTS, SUCH AS IN CRAWL SPACES, THE ATTIC, ETC.

      SO YES, IF THEY HAD THE HOME INSPECTED THEY WOULD HAVE FOUND THE SNAKES.

  11. supershwa says:

    Simple solution for garter snakes: lawnmower.

    1. Princess Garter Snake says:

      Mmmmm yeah, that would work great in a house… try not to let the build-up of poisonous carbon monoxide from the gas-powered mower ruin your day, dude…

      “DJ

      They are just Garter snakes. They won’t hurt anything and you won’t have any problems with mice. Stupid people.”

      +1!

  12. DJ says:

    They are just Garter snakes. They won’t hurt anything and you won’t have any problems with mice. Stupid people.

  13. BigBoa says:

    AH HahAhA!

    When the mighty Boa saw the headline, he thought they were referring to the attorneys for the bank! Seeing as how they’re busy stealing homes from people to give away to savages.

  14. bobby says:

    They where idiots for not having a home inspection.

  15. SwoopDogg says:

    Grammar Alert:

    BAD [The snakes apparently decided they were their first and weren’t leaving.]
    GOOD [The snakes apparently decided they were there first and weren’t leaving.]

    1. john says:

      It gets better- under the picture it says:
      “An picture…”
      Well done guys.

  16. Jabaul Ja-Baul says:

    Dat bonus free meet! Snake tayst gud. Wat rong?

  17. cliogunsmith says:

    Build a fence around the house and put a dozen pigs in it. In about 30 days there will be no more snakes. This trick has been known for about 100 years. It works even with rattlesnakes. The pigs thick skin protects them.

    1. Julio Pezuka says:

      Have you ever smelled pigs? I’d live with snakes first.

      1. Bottom Feeder says:

        Have you ever smelled Garter Snake Sht?

  18. Mountain Man says:

    Get a mongoose – anybody ever hear of Kipling’s “Rikki Tikki Tavi”????

  19. IrishEyesAreSmiling says:

    Afraid of a few snakes???? For Pete’s sake – a little garden snake is not going to hjurt you!!!! Snakes eat insects – as well as mice – they are really better than cats – you don’t have to feed them!!!!

  20. Doustoi says:

    Not nearly enough detail in this story it’s like the writer just assumes everyone would default on their mortgages the minute they ran into problems. Somewhere there is an exterminator/pest removal business that would remove the problem and make the house liveable again, and no doubt the homeowners’ insurer would pay for it.
    This story sounds suspiciously like deadbeats trying to blame their ethical lapse on snakes.

  21. LexTerrae says:

    Anyone damn-fool enough to buy a property without a thorough inspection done by professionals cannot blame their lack of good sense on anyone but themselves, but . . . that doesn’t keep them from trying. That’s not to say that an inspector would have found the infestation, but they would have had a much better chance of doing so than without one.

    As for the realtor and the former owner, of course they are going to say they had no knowledge of the problem. It would cost them money to miss the sale. What I’d like to know is what was in the seller’s disclosure required by all lenders. If the sellers can be shown to have known of the problem yet failed to disclose it, the buyers might have cause for legal action up to and including rescission of the sale. If so, the realtor should be forced to lose the sales commission and should – in a just world – be sanctioned by the board of realtors and shamed out of the business. Yeah! When pigs fly and we can find one honest politician, right?

  22. Chris says:

    This is a TV news story… The details are in the video. (not that I have watched it) This was not a story from a newspaper where a real reporter writes stories everyday. TV reporters writes what will fit into 90 seconds of video and that’s it. If it were big big news maybe 180 seconds of copy.

  23. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    When I read the headline, I thought the writer was using some vivid imagery to describe a regular old bank foreclosure

    http://rhymeandreasonable.com

    I hope someone made a joke about Destro being the family’s realtor……

  24. Hashtag says:

    This was bound to happen. Builders keep plopping down McMansions everywhere. I say hire an attorney (yeah, ya hate em until ya need one!), sue the former owners, the real estate company & the builder. Then the town needs to carefully tear down the place. There’s a reason those snakes are there & it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature!

    1. Troy says:

      That is NOT a McMansion… Other than that, I agree with you…

    2. Carmen says:

      I sold real estate for nearly 2 decades.. and there wasn’t a line on the Seller’s Property Disclosure covering snakes. I don’t think they will win. My question is..are there some rattle snakes in that video???

  25. Jasonn says:

    Out here in the People’s Republic of California we tent houses to get rid of pests like termites. Don’t know why it wouldn’t work on snakes. Might smell funny for awhile but you wouldn’t have any flicking tongues or hissing going on.

  26. Don says:

    Would this be… Snakes on a Plain?

    Or did they live in a mountainous region?

    1. Carmen says:

      LOL Good one! 2 thumbs up to you Don!!

  27. Rick O'Shea says:

    People have lost all common sense. Buy a couple terriers of some type, turn them loose and watch the fun.

  28. John Cash says:

    To anyone who has the same problem or to the next owner of that house. There is a simple and effective solution.
    Garlic.
    Coating the property with garlic including any wall spaces you cannot fill with foam will keep them away. When their skin comes in contact with garlic they find it very uncomfortable and will seek elsewhere to roam.

    1. TomD says:

      Aside from the part where humans have no more desire to live in a garlic-coated house than snakes do, this is probably a grand idea.

    2. LexTerrae says:

      Good for vampire infestations, too, I’m told.

  29. Spanky says:

    This is a lot like what happened with Obama. Too many voters didn’t realize they were putting a snake in the White House.

  30. mark marchiafava says:

    No big deal, simply sell it to a politician, he’ll be right at home.

  31. Leroy says:

    If they decide toi use the failure to disclose, most states have a time line from closing date and most the time it’s around a year or so. It blows me away though that so many people are just down right worthless now days. Its like these people that make $35,000 a year go out and purchase a $400,000 home, they default and think the taxpayers owe them. But we live in the USA where anything is possible, OJ/Obama/Casey Anthony.

  32. Pammy says:

    OK, this is not a McMansion despite the claims of earlier posters – looks more like it was once a country general store/gas station. I tend to agree with the person who said that, for whatever reason, this has been a snake nesting site or hibernaculum. Get some university experts in there to eradicate the snakes. The lawsuit stuff is bogus and will only benefit the lawyers.

  33. KAREN says:

    I DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR THESE PEOPLE…THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VOLUNTARILY SKIP A HOME INSPECTION…AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PROVE THE PREVIOUS OWNER KNEW OF THE INFESTATION…WHICH IS GOING TO BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVE.

    REALTORS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INSPECTING HIDDEN AREAS OF THE HOUSE. THEY ARE NOT LICENSED INSPECTORS.

    1. Number 6 says:

      In Colorado, home inspectors are NOT licensed. Anyone with a pickup can put a gun rack in the back window, plop a carpenter’s level in it and call themselves a home inspector.

      People are protected from a bad haircut as hair cutters are licensed; but not from home inspectors who may or may not know the difference between a door and a window.

  34. Snack Blitskin says:

    I’m so M—ther F—king sick of those M—ther F—king snakes in that M—ther F—king house!

  35. Jonathan says:

    BURN IT DOWN!!!

  36. Frederick says:

    A couple of geese in the yard will also remove snakes. The geese eat graass and the snakes cannot stand the goose poo.

  37. john says:

    Amazing how there are only still pictures of these snakes and when the television news crew was there we saw no video footage of any snakes.

  38. herdzcatz says:

    They could have sold them to the snake oil salesmen in the administration. What a wonderful home business.

  39. Shock Value says:

    Garter snakes are harmless friendly lil creatures. I mean where else can you buy a house and have meat slither right into the pot, or pan if in the kitchen? Sales brochure should proclaim “Buy this house and get free lifetime supply of fresh meat**!

    ** Meat reptilian and catch as you see fit, no warranty on quality or quantity of daily slithering meat supply, not responsible for heart attacks or strokes caused by slithering meat in bed, shower, or underwear… “

  40. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    The snakes had obtained mortgages that were bundled by the banks with derivatives and sold to Satan. — http://911essentials.com

  41. JG says:

    I thought it was illegal to kill snakes in Colorado?

  42. Snakes on a Pane says:

    Now, wouldn’t there have been a remedy to have the snakes removed from the home? The article briefly mentioned the homeowner “tried to get rid of them”. Is there not what we call pest control services that use modern techniques to effectively remove a large variety of pests? Is that what she did to try to get rid of them? What an article this is, chock full of details. Are the homeowners just cheap? I mean they neglected to have a home inspection performed to begin with. I’m no animal control expert, but cant someone choose to have their infested home “bombed” with some powerful chemicals to kill or drive out the snakes, then immediately have any entry points sealed once the stunned or dead snakes are removed? Or is this house in some ultra green liberal zone where the said snakes are protected? More questions than answers based on this article, no?

  43. Perturbed_Redneck says:

    Are you sure that they weren’t members of the Obammy regime? After all that whole regime are made up of snakes in the grass.

  44. phil says:

    As a lawyer and extremely intellgent person snakes can be beaten on the head with hammer and that may keep them from being a newsance

    1. spellcheck says:

      nuisance

    2. Number 6 says:

      Phil was vote most likely to chase ambulances in his class at the Caribbean law school he went to.

  45. Tanker74 says:

    I am tired of all these m-f-ing snakes in the house! – Samuel L. Jackson

  46. John says:

    Mothballs….

  47. Indiana Jones says:

    Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?!

  48. robert g says:

    Time to start raising Ferrits.

  49. P. Aaron says:

    DUH! Didn’t these people think of getting angood home inspection as a condition of the sale?

  50. David Wooten says:

    More likely a case of buyers’ remorse. They decided they didn’t like the house so they found a convenient excuse to renege.

  51. spellcheck says:

    Not sure if anyone posted this however; some folks do have a HUGE fear of snakes no matter the kind or size. Being one of them, I wouldn’t care if they were snakes 1/2″ long – if ONE snake was IN my home, I would be OUT!

  52. Chuck Burns Jr says:

    I was on this person’s side until I read the part about not having a professional Home Inspection, even thought they’d heard rumors of a snake problem! These inspections are generally under $100 USD, and ANYTIME you buy a house, it’s a good idea to have another set of PROFESSIONAL eyes look it over. What kind of dunce buys a house without it??

  53. John says:

    is this the same house they had a program about on the Animal Planet? Why don’t they just tear down the house and make it a snake refuge, the house was built on top of a snake pit. whoever built the house should be fined and pay for the costs of the house and everyone who lost money

  54. stryker says:

    The law on this is crystal clear:

    A seller has an AFFERMATIVE DUTY TO DISCLOSE any defect or issue regarding the property which may effect the buyers decision to purchase. PERIOD END OF DISCUSSION

    The homeseller had a duty to disclose the snake infestation, if the did not , there was fraud. PERIOD. The previous owners are 100% liable.

    The lack of an inspection is irrelevent, that would only protect the seller in cases of an undetectable by the average person defects such as a bad foundation.

  55. tonium says:

    What a horribly written story. What kind of snakes? What proof? Why did “trying to get out” lead to bankruptcy?This is about par for the course for TV station reporting.

  56. mark says:

    stupid article no photo and never said what kind of snakes

  57. Ray R says:

    Put several poounds of mothballs in the basement or crawl space. Once gone put them around the perimeter. All pest will run from them.

  58. allness says:

    I wish I had these snakes around my house. They are great for controlling bugs and rodents and those in the picture were not venomous. How much would they sell this house to me for?

  59. Medula Zepplin says:

    Maybe we could collect the snakes and send to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C.
    obama is on the verge of bankrupting America so this could help him reach the tipping point.

    “My friends, we live in the greatest country in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”
    Barack Hussien Obama, campaign trail 2008

    “CHANGE IT BACK.”
    America, November 2012

  60. Indiana Jones says:

    The family should have known better when they saw the house had been named, “The Well of Souls.”

  61. Ray R says:

    Instead of the mothballs which also repel mice, you could get a $500 ozone generator that is used in barns. It would kill any vermin that refuses to leave by displacing the owygen in the lower 4 inches . It takes 30 minutes for the half life to dissipate so you would have to stay out for several hours .
    However, you would have to shovel the dead snakes out .

    THEN PUT THE MOTHBALLS ON THE PERIMETER.

  62. tiffany says:

    here in Miami, Garter snakes are really mean. they fatten up on leopeard frogs and look like big water snakes. they will really put a nasty bite on you. the King snakes and rat snakes are pretty docile around here.

  63. adice says:

    It’s like having to live in a law office

    1. adice says:

      Sorry, didn’t see comment above

  64. eddie too says:

    sounds like a few rat terriers would have come in handy.

  65. eddie too says:

    they should have bought a mongoose.

  66. timo says:

    With this many snakes it had to be a snake den area. All you have to do is fill in the den after the snakes leave in spring and thay will find a new den elswhere. Then fill in all acces holes in the structures. This works for mice and rats too. Trap out the few remaining and all you’ll have is the occasional one passing through. I’ve lived in this kind of country setting all my live. Wildlife isn’t a problem – you just have to know to live there.

  67. Savanna Kougar says:

    Okay, an inspection would not necessarily have uncovered the snakes. However, those in the know buy snake-infested land, then turn pigs loose on it. Pigs get rid of snakes. Perhaps, there’s a nearby farmer who raises pigs that would be willing to lend them out for awhile.

  68. Wm Taylor says:

    They are garter snakes for god sake….leave them the heck alone and get on with life. They are harmless. The home owner needs to get a life!

  69. tnpitgal says:

    Some people are just afraid of any snake. Me, I have a great respect for snakes. Rather face a gardener snake then a copperhead. Wouldn’t kill either one. But then I carry Native American genes.

  70. Mike says:

    Caveat Emptor………Buyer Beware!!! Sounds like they failed to do their due diligence as home buyers.

  71. abc says:

    I am the previous owner of the house. A contractor sold it to us. Stupid us for believing in honest contractors. They were garter snakes. There were no present pictures because the snakes weren’t out at the time, just as a home inspector wouldn’t have seen them at the time of the sale. Do you people really think we would give up our credit to file bankruptcy because we didn’t like the house? We werern’t about to sell it to someone else that would get stuck with this problem,and we sure weren’t going to live there.

  72. Zesty says:

    Good lord people are stupid. They want to live in the country away from the hustle and bustle of the city but are horrified to learn that WILD ANIMALS LIVE THERE TOO! The only harm those snakes posed to those “people” were to their limp-wristed sensibilities.How weak-willed and reckless to put your family’s financial stability on very real jeopardy over the local fauna. You deserve neither sympathy or recompense for your irrational fear and ignorance of the natural world, pathetic. The idea that nature should change to suit us is one of the major reasons humanity’s future continues to look more and more grim.

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