Well, I honestly thought I would find her at the bottom of my bed when I woke!!

@Humbug25 (12551)
April 14, 2011 5:04am CST
So, I went into my son's bedroom to close the curtains as I do every night but something caught the corner of my eye. Oh no, no, no, no, NO! One of things I had been dreading about having our newest pet had happened! The door to the snakes vavarium had been left wide open. For a second I thought it was ok, she's smart, she will be in home where it is safe and warm! I lifted it tentitively almost with my eyes shut in the hope she would be there, but no, she of course wasn't. I shouted to the boys to come and look for her but after an extensive search she was nowhere to be found so I put the kids to bed and rang my friend. One of son's had suggested that we put some food out for her but I wasn't going to leave dead mice scattered around the house hahaha. My friend offered to come over in the morning and help look for her when the kids had gone to school and the house was quiet. She walked into the bedroom, looked to the side of a chest of drawers and there she was, between the drawers and the wall. I was so relieved to say the least and glad that she hadn't been out too long. Have you ever lost a pet? Have you found them in a strange place?
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
14 Apr 11
My son had a snake and she was a smart thing. She was able to get herself out of her enclosure when she truly wanted to. That is until I built one for her that I put good locks on. But she had tons of room it was huge it took up almost all of one wall in the room and was almost 4 feet tall and over 2 1/2 feet going back...she loved it. She had a grassy area, (not real grass) and another area plus she had a thick branch and huge rocks that she loved. She had her heat rock and her logs and her other things from when she was a little baby. But when she got out she would normally head for the sofa. Her favorite place was up inside the bottom. When she was loose I was afraid for anyone to sit on it for fear she would be squashed. She had other places we would find her along the way until she reached the sofa. It was a hunt to find her each time. She was large so we could not miss her if we saw her though. I did find her inside a gym bag once. lol She was nice a cozy. There was a towel in there and she liked towels to wrap up in.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
14 Apr 11
Hi ya moondancer Our snake is over a meter long and is orange so she is not really hard to lose, even though we did haha. She has a cardboard tube in her vavarium which she sits in often but her head comes out at one end and her tail the other. She is off her food right now so I am a little bit concerned, must be at least a month since the last ate and she is not due to shed either. A friend of my suggested she is getting ready to lay, we shall see eh? Many thanks for your lovely response it sure did make me smile
• United States
14 Apr 11
Many times they do not eat if they are not warm enough. Their habitat has to be kept warm. I can't seem to remember but it needs to be like 78 degrees or something like that. If it is not warm they will think it is time to hybernate and they will not eat. Otherwise they should eat every week or two. If she has not eaten in that long then something is wrong unless it's the temp in her place.
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• United States
14 Apr 11
oh that is 78 f. but please check with the vet and see what the temp should be between for her. You may have to add a heat lamp to make her place warmer.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Apr 11
Yikes, did you find her? Our crayfish got out of the tank twice. Once we found her under Naomi's shoe, and the other time under Naomi's bed. Apparently they are notorious escape artists.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
15 Apr 11
Hi ya Dawny Yes, found her safe and sound! Crayfish? Don't they have claws and stuff? See that would freak me out hahaha Thanks for your response
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Apr 11
Yep they do, and in the dark you could confuse one for a scorpion...
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 11
Sighs deeply: Crayfish belong in rivers Dawn. My boys used to fish for crayfish from a river on the farm. But they were not allowed to bring therm home.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
15 Apr 11
I've lost a snake or two back when I was keeping them. The worst was an actual wild grass snake I kept for a few days until I found someplace to take it. Got out of my room and all the way to my sister's room before she spotted it. Of all the snakes I had, that was the one I worried most would bite, but I carried it carefully back to the cage and got it back, but that really got my rear in gear to find it a new home.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
15 Apr 11
Hi there ElicBxn Lost a snake or TWO? hahaha I was worried that she might have made it outside because I think the door had been left open since before the kids had gone to school to the night time when I went to close the curtains. She hadn't even left the room hahahhaa Thanks ElicBxn
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
15 Apr 11
Yeah, my boas escaped pretty regularly, but they generally stayed right in the room.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 11
I would not have stayed the night in that house with a snake on the loose. As a young teacher in a inner city school in London U.K. a zoo man came to school to show children different animals and creatures. It was when he produced Percy the Python from a draw string sack that I wanted to scream. He then explained that the poison had been removed and he would let Mrs. S hold the snake and they could pet it. Well, I could not scream in front of a class of children. So I stood there zombie like and terrified as Percy draped himself all over me and then put his head near my face that that we eyeballed each other. I can honestly say that this was an unforgettable moment of terror. Pets yes. Snakes? Hell no - they must go!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
15 Apr 11
Hi ya Cynth Hahahaha you poor thing, I don't think you have much choice in the matter by the sounds of things. Our snake is nothing the size of a python, I will have to post a picture or something, she really is lovely and has never once attempted to bite anyone, she is a beautiful orange colour and has therefore been named Tango! Thanks for your response hun, good to see you
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 11
I do not like to be around something that feels moist and clammy - and I am talking about the snake
@cream97 (29168)
• United States
15 May 11
Hi. Humbug25. I am glad that you found your pet snake. I just hope that you all will be safe as this snake roams around the house. I have never lost a pet before, but I am relieved that you have found yours though. You are very brave to have a pet snake inside of your house. I would be terrified just to wake up everyday to see a snake of any kind inside of my house. That is just my personal feelings.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
21 May 11
Hi cream97 Hey each to their own, y'know. There are some pets that I wouldn't want in my home, it's not that I don't like them but just wouldn't have them in my home. I have a friend who keeps rats, 13 she has in fact, she keeps them in her bedroom and believe me her room absolutely stinks and that on it's own, to me, is a good reason not to have rats hahaha Thanks for your response
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
15 Apr 11
You have a snake for a pet? That's strange! I hope it's not poisonous! I'm afraid of snakes however small it is. Anyway, I once lost our pet dog when flash flood flowed in our place. We didn't know where he was able to take shelter. When the flood has gone, we look for him at the neighborhood but our search was futile. My youngest daughter really cried out and keeps on blaming the hard rains that brought the flash flood.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
15 Apr 11
Hi junrapmian Yes we have a snake as a pet. She is lovely and does not bite though I am sure if she felt thratened she would but is a relatively small snake. I am so sorry to read your sad story and for the loss of your pet. Thanks for sharing
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 11
hi Humbug glad you found your snake. We once could not find ourpure black cat. He was a house cat but our house was not that big but we had searched under beds, behind things. then my son come running in mom come look. I hurried out to the porch and saw where he was pointing on to of my dried clean clothes was Midnigh , really black against the white towels and sheets. How he got in there was a real mystery but he had his catnip mouse. earlier I had see him with his catnip mouse sittiing on top the going drier bu t how did he get the lid up. I could understand his wanting to get his toy mouse but how did it get in the drier and how did he get in ,it was cold so all this was done after it had stopped drying.then I looked at little Lisa who was smiling and singing kitty cat needs bath. oh my G She had put the catnip mouse in there and while the lid was u p the cat jumped in after the mouse.so I had to sit her down and tell her that was a no no. dont ever touch that drier as you could get burned and no kitty does not get a bath there.Not to mention I had to rewash a whole drier full of soiled cat haired sheets and towels.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
15 Apr 11
Hi ya Hatley At least you found him, even if it meant doing the washing all over again, a small price to pay!! Thanks Hatters
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
14 Apr 11
No I have thankfully never lost a pet, but I do worry about things like that happening because my indoor cat still has some mild curiosity of the out doors and whenever I open my front door to go out or bring my groceries in my cat runs to the door, I guess its because he See's me going out. it makes me a bit nervous that he might run out the door from curiosity and not be able to find his way back. Well I'm glad you found your pet snake.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
14 Apr 11
I would be shrieking from here to kingdom come if I thought a snake was on the loose, I wouldn't care if it was deadly or not, a snake is a snake, the thought made me shiver, and go cold, but hey wolfie is brave, well brave being here and the snake being there that is LOL. We lost our cat once, we had not long moved into our new home and we had two cats at the time, well the youngest went missing, we searched everywhere, inside, the garden, up the road, asking neighbours to look out for him, hours went by we were both frantic, everywhere had been searched thoroughly. It was only when something moved behind the television that we had found him, he had found a tiny hole got in behind the television and had fallen asleep! We were so relieved to find him. I think he was playing up having been moved from his old home. Hmmmmmph...
@Humbug25 (12551)
15 Apr 11
Hi ya wolfie I knew you would say that you would scream, I know you so well wolfie my friend haha. Yes cats are creatures of habit and comfort and don't like change much. They are also quite disloyal animals and will bugger off and live with someone else who will think they are a stray and feed them!! We lost our cat to our neighbour because she kept feeding her tuna! I am glad to hear you found her though, it causes such sadness when a pet is lost. Good to see you wolfie
• United States
14 Apr 11
well first of all cant belief that you have apet snake in your son's room ? well i had several kinds of pets but none of them get close to be dangerous like a snake even it its not venomous it still bits .i have lost one of my kittens for a while it ended up sleeping inside the fridge (it was broken and not working thou lol) we kept looking for her for like 2 hours and finally we saw her tail coming out of the nearly closed door
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@Humbug25 (12551)
14 Apr 11
Hi there killerbullet and welcome to mylot I have actually moved her to a quieter, warmer room and she is fine. She is not dangerous at all and has never gone to bite anybody. I was glad to read that your fridge was not on at the time of losing your kitten, that would have been awful. Many thanks for your response and happy mylotting