It's disgusting, sure, but not exactly a surprise when restaurants find critters like cockroaches and mice and rats infesting an eatery's kitchen or walls. One animal you certainly don't expect to see: snakes.
That's just what TV show host Ben Vaughn saw at the Pig-N-Whistle in Millington, Tennessee, the Huffington Post tells us. Vaughn, a restaurant consultant, was filming the Food Network show "Health Inspectors" when he spotted a garden snake in the corner of the restaurant.
The serpents wasn't a very new resident, either: A layer of skin sat right next to the snake, meaning the animal had been hanging out long enough to shed at least once.
On the show, which hasn't aired yet, Vaughn will try to help the restaurant exterminate its pests and pass its next inspection.
Snakes aren't unheard of house guests.
In 2001, an Idaho family reported living in a home where the walls were filled with living, writhing snakes MSNBC.com reports.
Ben and Amber sessions had bought their five-bedroom country home for just $180,000--a price that was, apparently, too good to be true.
Soon after moving in the couple discovered that "hundreds upon hundreds" of garter snakes lived in the home, the surrounding grounds, and even beneath the siding. Ben and Amber said that they could even hear the animals writhing within the walls at night.
The horrors didn't end there: The family had to eat out most of the time because the well water smelled like the foul musk snakes release to ward off predators; every morning Ben would walk through the house to make sure that the snakes weren't hanging out in the living room or kitchen; and on one of the worst days, Ben killed 42 of the reptiles.
The two eventually foreclosed and moved out of the home.
Last year, a California high school endured the same sort of creepy, crawly infestation, FoxNews.com reports.
Gustine High School in Sacramento had to close down because of snakes on campus. This time, though, it wasn't harmless-but-creepy garter snakes; Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes had taken up residence at the school.
No students were bitten, but at least five of the animals were found: a baby rattler in the weight room, another one in a chemistry classroom, one in the school's greenhouse, a fourth in the wood shop, and a fifth in front of the school.
Administrators closed school for a week to fight off the snakes.
- Ben Vaughn
- garter snakes