The new house has had a 130 year old ecosystem within its walls that we discovered as we went through the demolition process.
It started with the bees (which we found first) and the honey from the bees drew mice into the house. There were several dozen mouse nests in the walls, and we found one live mouse in the kitchen -- I had he exquisite pleasure of pulling down a piece of plaster with a mouse behind it.
As we moved down the house (from top to bottom) we found many, many snake skins. They were wrapped around the roof joists, the electrical wires, and many times the water pipes. Some were over three feet long. Eeeewwwww
But, now that we have displaced the snakes, the toads have moved in. Hambone just sent me a picture of the newest plague.
Let's see... in the bible there were 10 plagues.... we're on #4...