Post office to family: Your snakes are too close to the mailbox

Post office to family: Your snakes are too close to the mailbox (Image 1)
Post office to family: Your snakes are too close to the mailbox (Image 1)

DENVER, Colo. (KUSA) – A Denver family was asked to move their mailbox this week, after mail carriers complained of snakes on the property.

Laurie Simmons got a letter in the mail Friday explaining that she had to either move the mailbox from the porch to the curb or she would have to get a post office box to receive mail.

Simmons and her family rent the home in Denver’s University Hills neighborhood. She said the two snakes that live in her flower bed are garter snakes, which are harmless.

However, the United States Postal Service says it takes safety of all mail carriers seriously and if a carrier feels a property is unsafe, they can choose not to deliver mail there.

The home is a rental. Simmons says her landlord will not build a new mailbox but has offered to remove the snakes. Simmons doesn’t want the snakes removed, because she feels they are an important part of the ecosystem.

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