Infested Home In Maryland Has 7ft Snakes Falling From The Ceiling

Written by Kirstin Opal
Published: September 13, 2022
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A 4-year-old child discovered a three-foot black rat snake rising through the exterior of his family’s brand-new Annapolis house in the first few days of April 2015. At first, Jody and Jeffrey Brooks were happy with their son’s findings. After dealing with snake issues for months, it seems like they had found the source! 

Eastern and central parts of the United States are home to black rat snakes. They can survive at a variety of heights and inhabit a variety of environments, from flat farmland to rocky slopes. Non-venomous constrictors known as black rat snakes prey primarily on rodents but occasionally on amphibians, lizards, birds, and nests. 

They spend a lot of time in trees and are skilled tree climbers. Additionally, they frequently take refuge in stone walls and rock outcroppings, and they can be seen close to barns, dilapidated structures, and trash heaps, where they are probably foraging for rodents. They have been observed scaling building rafters, like the ones in The Brookses home. 

They believed they had solved their snake problem after finding a snake’s shed skin inside the house months earlier. Jeffrey Brooks, though, discovered a thick, seven-foot black rat snake a week or two later. The family later discovered another and another.  A contractor and snake inspector were called in, who demolished the basement and determined that the home was snake-infested and unfit for children. 

Jody describes hearing the snakes as a distant waterfall or a quiet breeze. The constant slithery and being on edge all the time made them extremely uncomfortable. Before buying the home, the couple was told about the history of snakes in the home but was also informed that it was all a lie for the previous owners to get out of their mortgage.

They quickly found out that it in fact was true, and worse than they could ever imagine. Jeffrey walks around the house with a machete, ready to decapitate any slithery serpent he comes across. After talking with professionals, they were told in order to remedy the infestation, they’d need to leave the house vacant for 10 to 15 years! 

The Brooks took action and filed a lawsuit against the real estate brokerage and the seller’s agent, Van Horn, who lied about the known snake issue. The $2 million lawsuit against Van Horn in May 2015 reached a verdict in late 2016.

On Nov. 9, according to court records, Genevieve H.R. Lindner, counsel for the Brooks, filed a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, concluding the matter definitively and barring the Brookses from bringing any subsequent claims related to the incident. According to court records, the Brookses completed the purchase of the home in December 2014 for $410,000.

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs, her 14-year-old dog, or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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