Scott Van-Pelt on his show the other day talked about where the name came from the story goes something like this:
First, a couple disclaimers
1) On my phone, I apologize for formatting errors
2) The Snake Pit nick name needs to stop before it catches on, because it's actually an insult if you know where the name comes from.
Back in the day, Maryland football wasn't very good, in fact you didn't even need to get tickets if you were a student, you just showed your school ID and they let you in. The same way you get into Ludwig field today for a soccer game (well, in 2009 that's what you did, don't know if it's changed since).
One day SVP is going to a game and his roommate says something sarcastically like "You're going to help welcome WVU to the Snakepit?"
(I don't recall if it was actually WVU, but you get the point)
Because attendance at football games during SVP's time at Maryland was laughable, it was less like a snakepit and more like picnic.
SVP mentions the story to Kirk Herbstreet and Herbstreet calls it the Snakepit on ESPN and now we have a gaudy nickname that doesn't make sense.
It should be pointed out, a lot of snakes actually eat turtles.