Del. woman, 72, finds slinky roommates

October 10, 2008 7:44:47 AM PDT
When 72-year-old Gladys Dressner first saw two snakes last in her new apartment last month, she froze.

Days later, when an eight-inch snake crawled across her bed, she screamed.

Finally, after stepping on a baby black rat snake, she moved.

A Maryland exterminator killed six snakes that were captured in Dressner's Middletown apartment. All six were about eight inches long and harmless. The exterminator suspects a previous tenant kept an adult snake as a pet.

Dressner, who has high blood pressure, diabetes and a heart condition, wrote a letter to her property managers demanding to be moved to a new apartment. Property manager John Mastriana says she won't have to pay October's rent or moving costs.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,

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