Snakes, Alligators and Other Exotic Animals Found Inside Brooklyn Apartment

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Ever heard the phrase "you live in a zoo"? Renters in one New York City apartment apparently took that a little too literally.

On Friday, NYPD officers reportedly found 13 exotic animals -- including a tarantula, two alligators, two bearded dragons, five pythons and a boa constrictor -- living inside fish tanks in an apartment in a public housing complex in Brooklyn (pictured above).

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Police were at the apartment to serve an unrelated search warrant when they discovered the creepy menagerie. Officials from Animal Care and Control were called to remove the animals, some of them potentially deadly. In New York City, it's illegal to house exotic animals inside public housing projects.

Those weren't the only intimidating animals in the apartment, neighbors said. The tenants of the apartment also had at least three large pit bulls, a neighbor told DNAinfo.com.

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A couple in Salem, Idaho, decided to walk away from their home when they discovered that thousands of snakes were slithering in the walls and the siding of the house. Amber and Ben Sessions said they could hear the scales of the snakes against the house and saw track marks all over the place where the snakes would slither.

An estimated 10,000 bats reportedly took up residence in a foreclosed home in Tifton, Ga., driving neighbors up the walls with the stench. Bats' natural habitats have been eroded by urban development, which could be one explanation for why the home became a bat cave.

A man in Omaha, Neb., was living in fear in his own home -- because it was infested with venomous brown recluse spiders. After finding 40 of the dangerous arachnids in his apartment, Dylan Baumann said that he would shake his towels before drying off after a shower, shake his clothes before putting them on and check his shoes before wearing them. Baumann said he plans to move out in September.

A Miami teenager came home to find her father dead in his house, which was swarmed by 60,000 bees. The house was reportedly under renovation, and it was said that the man may have been trying to get rid of the bees when he died.

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When Susan Minutillo of Hudson, Fla., ran out to run an errand, she didn't expect to come back and find that her home had dropped into the ground -- after a giant sinkhole under her house suddenly swallowed half of it. Minutillo ran to her neighbors' house, but their home was soon evacuated, too, due to the danger posed by the sinkhole.

After vandals trashed a foreclosed home in Huntington Beach, Calif., an army of mold took over the house, causing $250,000 in damage. Appliances had been removed and water from the Jacuzzi bathtub had been left running. When the water was left to sit, mold grew on the walls, furniture and under tiles.

Brian Dyer intended to dig a hole for a pool in the backyard of his Lakeland, Fla., home. But that hole and two others that contractors attempted to dig were already filled -- with mounds and mounds of trash. Tires, washing machine tubs, debris, metal parts -- even a lawnmower -- were found buried 3 feet under the soil in his backyard.

A pack of coyotes moved into a burned-out and abandoned home in Glendale, Calif. The owners were set to demolish the home and gave the city permission to trap the animals. But the home's neighbors were frightened to even walk outside.


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A Palmetto, Fla., homeowner walked into her bathroom to find a 7-foot-long alligator on the floor. Apparently, the gator crawled into the woman's home through the cat door. The alligator was removed without incident -- but the woman removed her cat door.

A man in Dayton, Ohio, said that he was battling 50 to 60 roaches a night inside his home and that they were coming from the foreclosure next door, where the walls were "alive" with them. 

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"There's urine and feces in the hallway, and nine times out of 10, it was them," said downstairs neighbor, Klein Poe, of the dogs.

Poe, who has two young children, and other neighbors suspected that something was awry with the animal-owning tenants when they wouldn't allow maintenance workers into their apartment to fix leaky pipes.

"They didn't want to let them in," Poe told DNAinfo. "Now it all makes sense."

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It's a scary housing market out there -- and not just because of home values. In this slideshow from This Old House, home inspectors from across the country sent some of the funniest, most eye-popping sights they've ever had the misfortune of stumbling upon. Click through to share their grief!


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Bill Camosci
National Property Inspections of Central CT, Inc.
Cromwell, Conn.


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Taking showers in front of an electrical panel box is not recommended.


Thomas Sanson
National Property Inspections
Rochester, N.Y.


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If this isn't a set up for a Jeff Foxworthy joke, I don't know what is. Click the next image to see just how much faith this homeowner has in his plumbing skills.


Chris W. McDougall
Apex Home Inspection
Santa Cruz, Calif.


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Shows how much faith this homeowner had in his plumbing skills. Rather than test the leaky faucet, he opted to wash the dishes in the bathtub.


Chris W. McDougall
Apex Home Inspection
Santa Cruz, Calif.


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This basement toilet seat is 48 inches above the floor. Hand rails are recommended.


Steve Anderson
Anderson AmeriSpec
Germantown, Tenn.


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If you tilt your head, it looks just fine. Unless, of course, you're into the Tim Burton look.


Rich Madore
Pillar To Post Home Inspections
Newington, Conn.


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Ever heard of water hammer? It's that banging sound caused by air in the pipes. Well, this family used an actual hammer to cancel out the noise.


Eric Mills
E&E Inspect
Oreland, Pa.


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Do you think this is what the civic inspector had in mind when insisting that the electrical panel be labeled?


Kevin Hawes
Assured Home Inspections
Calgary, Alberta


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"Sure, we can put a window there! All we need to do is remove the post from under that big beam and then nail a 2x6 to the wall so the beam doesn't fall down—and take the house with it."


Dan Chapleski
True North Inspection Services
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


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What man cave would be complete without a makeshift urinal? You should see his other funnel -- it looks like a toilet.


Thomas Sansone
National Property Inspections
Rochester, N.Y.


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So, is the cottage cheese container holding up the shelf or is the shelf holding the cottage cheese container tight so sewer gas does not escape? Or is it both?


Dan Howard
Home Inspections by Dan Howard
Freeport, Pa.


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The seller kindly left the dog in the back yard during the inspection, with me all alone. I was supposed to talk sweetly to it. It did not work, and I did not enter.


Brandon Dyles
Picture Perfect Inspections
Bartlett, Tenn.


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Try as I might, I haven't been able to find a reference to frogs in the National Electrical Code.


Bryant Warren
HouseMaster Inspections
Broken Arrow, Okla.


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I think it is safe to assume that this furnace is not venting properly. I inserted a smoke emitter into the burn chamber and all of the smoke backed up into the attic. A rain cap that was installed on the chimney exhaust left little room for venting.


Brandon Dyles
Picture Perfect Inspections
Bartlett, Tenn.


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Ranger Rick was none too happy when we asked him to pay his share of the mortgage.


Dan Gartrell
Homestar Real Estate Services, Inc.
Gainesville, Va.


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The furnace thermostat wire had shorted out on a new, still-vacant house, and this was the inside temperature reading I got. Laminate counter tops were de-laminating.



Alvin C. Miller
Hawkeye Home Inspections LLC
Wellman, Iowa


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What was the builder thinking ending the downspout right above the electrical panel? After 15 years, guess what the inside of this panel looked like.


Scott Stegall
Carolina HomePro Inspections
Rock Hill, S.C.


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This is a car battery jumper cable attached to the main electric utility service line. The cord leads back to the electric panel for a house with no power. Why pay for electric when you can do this?


Gary Kershaw
Pillar to Post
Philadelphia, Pa.


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Why screens on dryer vent backdraft dampers are frowned upon. I found this in a 3½-year-old house.


G. Gilbert Engler
Master Home Inspectors, Inc.
Annandale, Va.


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This liquid propane tank is being used inside the house to operate a gas stove—a big no-no.


Andy Moore
American Heritage Home Inspection
Seminole, Fl


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That sheet metal should hold up the rafters at least until we get it sold! This house had an attic fire and was supposedly repaired. The whole roof will have to be rebuilt again.


Alvin C. Miller
Hawkeye Home Inspections, LLC
Wellman, Iowa


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Looks like this little guy wasn't licensed to work around electricity. Next time, call in the professionals.


Jeff Leighton
Inspect-It 1st Property Inspection
Scarborough, Me.


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During our unusually cold temps in January, this unfortunate squirrel thought that he'd be OK if he just went down the chimney and followed the source of the heat. He ended up inside the furnace cabinet and got caught between two sections.


Rick Michalicek
Moore Home Inspection Services
St. Louis, Mo.


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I don't believe this tackle box meets the electrical code in any state or province.


Alden Gibson
Inspections by Gibson
Breslau, Ontario


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One of the many reasons why Santa needs life insurance.


Rich Madore
Pillar To Post Home Inspections
Newington, Conn.


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Not the greatest use for an old bicycle inner tube, but at least they're recycling: This is a steam pipe in a 4-unit apartment building.


Stuart Keeshin
Keeshin Inspection Services
Chicago, Ill.


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Quite a two-fer! This doorstop also makes water.


David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, R.I.


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Rust, corrosion, and a gaping hole in a vent pipe that angles downward (hot air rises, you know). Sometimes, you just have to wonder.


Clay Ridings
Preferred Home Inspections
Wilmington, Del.


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They don't build 'em like they used to. This 100-gallon electric water heater was built in March of 1938 and is still delivering hot water like it was built yesterday!


Rich Madore
Pillar To Post Home Inspections
Newington, Conn.


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