Turns out St. Patrick's miracle of driving the snakes out of Ireland had an expiration date. As a result of the economic crisis, the slithery creatures now roam over a land famous for its lack of indigenous snakes. It turns out that during the boom years, snakes became a popular pet among the bourgeoisie, but after the economy took a downturn those who could not afford their pets anymore released them in the countryside. Now non-native snakes of several species are being found in trash cans, vacant buildings, and other unexpected places. Paging St. Patrick: we have another job for you.