I love crawl spaces—well not really but they do afford a Home Inspector with lots of opportunities.
Tons of great stuff gets found in crawl spaces—making for great blog fodder.
On a recent inspection of a very large crawl space there was one area (actually several) that I could not squeeze myself into, but I could see that there was some sort of recent excavation of the dirt next to the foundation by some unknown critter. Since there was plenty of evidence of critters in the crawl space in the form of skeletons of mice in spring traps and sticky traps, I was on the lookout for where they were getting in. So I reached in as far as I could and snapped a picture of the excavation.
It wasn’t until I got home and zoomed in on the photo that I saw my little, slithering, crawl space companion. I suspect that this little critter did not make the hole but was merely using it.
I am kind of glad I didn’t see the snake while I was in there—-it might have shortened my stay!
I have found other snakes in crawl spaces —but seeing this one on my computer screen—later—freaked me out the most!
Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
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