Columbus Ohio real estate

Alligator in Furnace


the original title is 'Alligator in Furnace in Livonia Michigan'....  Livonia is in the Detroit Metro area. 

The alligator was dead.  It was last January.

It is Furnace Friday on this site, so Thursday I went looking for furnace posts to Re-Blog. I like a good home maintenance post on my site dealing with ducts, filters, blowers, heat exchangers each Friday, you know.  The first Friday of each month is Furnace Filter Friday, a reminder to change your furnace filter.  If I did not do a furnace post every Friday I would forget to post on Furnace Filter Friday.  This week I  found the funny to me, post  'Alligator in Furnace in Livonia Michigan.'  

At the very end of his term Former Governor Strickland passed a law about keeping exotic pets in Ohio. For the next 90 days lions, tigers and bears and crocodiles are banned in Ohio. I would assume alligators are exotic too.  The Ohio ban on exotic animals will continue if Governor Kasich does not repeal it.  Link above is to a Columbus Dispatch article about the Ohio ban.

"I had something happen to me yesterday that I never thought possible here in Michigan"  Bob in Michigan said...Thanks to Bob Jakowinicz a real estate agent in Michigan for allowing his Alligator in Furnace tale to be Re-Blogged.

Check your Ohio furnace for alligators now.  The good news?  Ohioans will be able to sleep easier that there is no alligator in their furnace in the future.


  O.K. I had something happen to me yesterday that I never thought possible here in Michigan.  My seller was in the process of putting in a new furnace and low and behold guess what they found in the old furnace?????  Yep you guessed it if you saw the title---An Alligator in a furnace here in Livonia Michigan.  I took a couple of pictures, take a look.

Alligator in Furnace in Livonia Michigan

Furnace Alligator

  Sorry I don't know how to put images on here better than this but thought this was a pretty interesting story.  We figure the old owner must have had a pet alligator and it got loose.  Then must have found its way into the duct work and fell into the furnace at some point.  Can you imagine going to sleep at night with an alligator loose in your 1000 sq. ft. home if you didn't know where it was??


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Comment balloon 4 commentsMaureen McCabe • January 14 2011 06:20AM


Lions, tigers, and bears and now alligators, oh my!  I showed a home once with an iquana that was huge and loose.  Crazy!

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) over 8 years ago

It is so funny.  Your smile reminds me of Karen Gorski in my office.  She is on AR but not active.  She had a funny story a number of years ago about an iguana loose in a house that she thought was not real and it moved and scared her and her clients.  She called it a Gilla Monster though... 

There was a big alligator loose in Columbus 5  or 6 years ago?

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 8 years ago

I have found birds, bats and mice in furnaces, but never an alligator. 

Over ten years ago, I found pots and pans in the furnace.  The seller (a real estate agent) explained that the kids used to play with the furnace.

Posted by Glen Fisher (National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC) over 8 years ago

Thanks Glen.  Pots and pans are funny. 

I was going to go in the crawl space recently during an inspection until I heard about a mouse skeleton. The home inspector was telling me how nice the crawl space was, "only one mouse skeleton."  I found a huge dead snake in a basement once...  near the furnace.  An exotic snake, not an Ohio snake.  I think  from what the listing agent said and the smell  there must have been at least one huge snake in the ductwork trying to keep warm and this one got out of the furnace when someone turned the AC in the vacant house on in the fall and left it on. 

I don't like spiders and snakes.  Or Gilla Monsters roaming the home...  or mice or aligators dead or alive.  Pots and pans in the furnace are odd...

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 8 years ago