Fear of snakes is common and people who are afraid of snakes are afraid of garter snakes too and some people
have ophiophobia, which is an irrational fear of snakes. I can’t recommend the part of the West 7th neighborhood that is along the river bluff to people who suffer from ophiophobia.
There have been people who bought houses in the neighborhood but could not live in them. In one case the buyer bought the home during the winter and didn’t see a snake until several months later.
It is a good idea to make a note on the seller’s disclosure about the garter snakes and encourage prospective buyers to read up on local garter snakes before making a commitment. The snakes can be found anywhere in Minnesota and throughout St. Paul.
They don’t bite and are not poisonous and generally avoid people. They like the warmer soil along the limestone river bluffs.
Homebuyers should be made aware of garter snakes in the area but there is no requirement that their existence be disclosed.
Putting a picture of a snake in a blog post scares readers away so I decided to go with a hummingbird portrait instead. Everyone likes hummingbirds.