Snakes and renting a home

by Tammy McCormack. 0 Comments

Hello all. Is everyone ready for the holidays? Some of us seem to be ready right away, while it takes some time for others. For those who are struggling this year I do hope things get better for you in the coming new year.

Talk up and down the street this week is about renting a home and having snakes as pets. This is a rather different subject since many people only have cats and dogs. Many apartment complexes state in the lease that no type of reptiles are allowed, though it may be a little different with a rental management company or private landlord.

First of all, always be honest with those you are renting from. I have received numeours emails asking this question which is why I feel it is important to write about it.

Believe it or not I rent my home through a wonderful management company. We are just waiting for the right time to buy a home and we are not sure if it will be in Maryland or Pennsylvania. The management company we rent from of course knows that I am a Licensed Professional Snake Trapper, and at times I do have snakes in my home. This has never been an issue.

But a couple of weeks ago they received a call from a concerned neighbor stating I had a snake farm in my basement. Well, this was not true since I have had numerous stories done on me pertaining to my work. I did state that it would be nice to have a large snake rescue or snake farm, though, and things get around.

Depending on the type of snake you have, there could be some liability. It doesn't matter if it is a corn snake or ball python, in the eyes of the landlord they may be afraid of someone getting bit or the snake getting loose. Also, your neighbor may have an extreme fear of snakes, so remember to never take your snake outside for all to see.

Please abide by the rules and be honest because it will work out better on your part. I have been in many houses where the previous tenant has either left snakes behind or they have gotten loose. This can be a very sad situation at anytime of the year. If you can no longer care for your snake, there are many rescues out there that can help. There are also many people who may be able to offer your snake a good home. The local animal shelter will even take a snake.

Remember, never keep extremely large snakes as pets in a rental home. No matter how good you are at taking care of them, accidents can happen. So please never let your pet snake go. It could die if it is a non-native species. This goes for cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and other pets as well.

The animal shelter can help you so take your pet to them.

And, remember, regardless of the weather, get out and enjoy nature. As a last minute note may I ask that I be in your thoughts. I had a mammogram last week for the first one in my life and it came back abnormal. I'm having a biospy next week, so I am hoping everything will be ok.


Tammy McCormack is a Maryland Licensed Professional Snake Trapper. She writes an online column for You may reach her at

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