We have a guest house on our property that has recently been vacated. This small one bedroom add on was in pretty sorry shape when we bought the house and we've been slowly improving it. It seems each time we rent it out to someone new, we do a little more (we've only had two renters so far).
The first night I was in there starting to move things around I found a snake in the bathtub. It was just a little snake. I really thought the kids would get a kick out of seeing a real snake. We got out our old turtle aquarium, picked up the snake with some papers, and moved him into the aquarium. Then we moved the aquarium into the house. Apparently the snake didn't like the aquarium so much because in the morning it was gone. In our house. Ahhhh! We still haven't found it. We think it was a night snake. They are only slightly venomous.
Worst case scenario: One of the kids finds it hiding somewhere and gets bit.
Best case scenario: It finds/found its way outside.
Scenario I can live with: It lives under our cabinets and eats the crickets. And here you were thinking organic pest control was an oxymoron.
Our fun with reptiles doesn't end there, oh no. On Saturday we moved a cabinet from our storage shed into the guest house with the intent of hanging it in the guest house kitchen. We found a gecko hiding in it. Unfortunately it ran behind some boxes before I could get a jar to catch it in. So this week we've managed to release a snake in our house and a lizard in our guesthouse. Fortunately the guy who will be hopefully renting the guesthouse probably wouldn't mind having a gecko in his bedroom.
G-man's quest to get a reptilian pet was almost fulfilled this week. I think I may have to veto his preference for snakes. There is nothing quite like being scared of every pencil and ribbon on the floor of your home.