So..there was a snake in my house...

United States
June 9, 2008 10:21pm CST
The first thing everyone asks when I say that is "who got it out." Well, I'm a single mom with a 5 yr old. Who exactly do you think got it out? Me, duh! Here is what happened. There is a hall that goes to my bedroom. My daughter was walking from the living room to that hall and screamed bloody murder. She yelled there's a snake. Well, I saw the tail end of it. The hall was dark. Bailey jumped in my arms and would not get down. There are stairs that go up to her room in the hall. I did not see the snake in the hall so we went up to her room to look. I was still carrying her. I didn't think the snake would have went up the stairs, but I looked around anyway. At this point, I had no idea what kind it was or how big. Nothing really. Well, I went back to the living room and put Bailey on the coffee table. She would not stand on the floor. I went to the hall and used the broom to move the door thinking the snake might be behind it. I hit the dog's little toy pig in the process and the snake was under it. This snake was little. Not even a foot long probably. It was kind of black colored. It didn't try to bite me, but it was coiled up. I got the trash can and swept the snake into it and took it outside. Mission done. Wasn't that hard or scary, but there was a snake in my house. I've lived here for 3 years now. This is the first time this has ever happened. This is only the 4th snake I have even seen out here. I know they are there, but they just seem to stay away from the house. Might be the dog. So why do you think this snake was in my house? Someone at work said that it is snake mating season and they are more aggressive now and that is why they are coming into homes. I know 2 other people who have had snakes in their homes lately. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
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• United States
11 Jun 08
We've never had this happen. It's actually one of my fears having a snake somehow get into the house. I guess it doesn't help that when I was a kid I did get bit by one so I'd rather not have to deal with one if I can. I guess if I had to deal with it and get rid of it I would but I'd avoid it at all costs at first.
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• United States
11 Jun 08
You got bit? What kind of snake bit you? I had a friend who got bit by a black snake. They don't let go and then you get sick.
• United States
11 Jun 08
We're not sure what bit me exactly. I was pretty young and don't really remembering feeling anything. I didn't know I had it, my mother noticed the bite and asked what happened. She showed it to my grandmother that recongized it as a snake bite. So my mom took me to a doctor. I was told whatever bit me was not poisonous so I was just looked over and the wound was cleaned.
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• United States
11 Jun 08
Hmm..that's funny. Usually non poisonous snakes usually bite over & over. The poisonous ones only bite once.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
10 Jun 08
When my son was growing up he earned a reputation for being fearless around snakes. It was fun to watch him in action. As swift as bird, he drew his t-shirt from his back right over his head and down onto the snakes neck. My neighbours started calling him "Dances with Snakes". Whenever anyone saw a snake, they knew who to call.
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• United States
11 Jun 08
So where was he when I needed him?
@anawar (2406)
• United States
12 Jun 08
My Soldier - American Soldier my son, in Iraq
He's in Iraq, but he should be home soon. I'll send him right over to your house, first thing!
@kareng (31493)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Wow, you be careful with those things! Was it a ground rattler? They are small like that but poisonous. We have them here and we had one come in several years ago. I came home from the grocery store and hubby opened the door for me but slammed it in my face when I got to the door. He had seen the snake and was trying to keep it out. It got in anyway and up under the chest freezer. It took several hours to get him out. I'm glad you got yours out safely!
• United States
10 Jun 08
I have no idea what a ground rattler looks like. We have diamond backs here and I know it wasn't one of those. It didn't even attempt to strike at me tho.
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• United States
11 Jun 08
I don't know what state you live in so I don't know if it is normal. You may have an opening in your house and it got in that way...as long as you don't friends who play tricks.
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• United States
11 Jun 08
I live in Illinois. I do have friends who like to play tricks, but they would not have done this due to the fact that my daughter was home.
• Maldives
10 Jun 08
as a matter of fact,my mother encountered a snake TODAY!when she took a cardboard box in the yard and there it was.It was kinda red and brown,but small in length about 3/4 feet.She screamed and i rushed there ans saw it trooping off to an underground burrow in the bushes.The neighbor advised me to put boiling hot water in the hole so they'll die.SO my little brother and i boiled a big bucket of water and put it into the bushes.Sure enough, 3 more snakes of the same size came out and Mr.Ahmed came and killed those three snakes.It was thrilling.My mother was kinda shocked that day and when she saw my shoelaces on the floor she thought it was again a snake and screamed!Snakes are cool!i love watching the reptile shows on NGC
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• United States
10 Jun 08
Hmm...I never heard that before. Glad you got rid of them if they scared your mom tho. I would never have killed a snake in front of my daughter. She's 5. I don't want her to think she can go around killing thing.s
• Poland
10 Jun 08
I had a snake family once in my garden-plot. Snake mom was something like 1m long. I think that city rats ate them all, hehe... or they moved out, couse the neighbour's dog was always barking at them. If you are really afraid of your snake problem, consider buying a mongoose. This little creatures are snakeeaters. No snake would dare to get close to your house then.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
At least the family was in your garden and not your house.
@elisa812 (3031)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Wow, I would be so scared if that happened to me! I have always been really afraid of creepy crawlies though, lol. I'm not sure I would be able to get the thing out of my house cause I'd be so nervous about getting bit or something. I guess if it was pretty small, then it wouldn't be so bad, but I would still probably freak out a little bit. I've never had a snake in the house, fortunately, but I remember once when my aunt had one in her basement. She called my grandpa and asked him to come over and get it out, lol.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
It's sad but I don't have any grandpas to ask. And my dad would have told me to do it myself.
@Hatley (164154)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Jun 08
nope I never had a snake get into my house. I remember backon the farm as a kid running across a rattler while I was hoeing so I got rid of the snake before anyone got bit. Out here in Southern california I havent seen one snake. a few lizards but no snakes. we had a lizard in the library for awhile but it finally got outside some way.
• United States
10 Jun 08
How did it get out tho? Don't you wonder? Just like how did that snake get in?
@fluffysue (1461)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Yikes that is scary! I did see a little tiny snake in our basement storage area last summer...and I was the one who had to get rid of it! Plus I sleep in the finished part of the basement, so it still bothers me knowing we could have snakes down there! I somehow got it into a paper bag, and took it upstairs and let it loose outside. I can never bring myself to kill things like that, but I didn't like knowing it was still out there!
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10 Jun 08
Hmmmm ,I had the experience like yours ... I remembered when i was almost 5 years old .Our family lived in the front of a farm with many different animals such as snakes ,mouses ,rabbits and scorpains ... In the summer days ,there were always many of them .It's hot afternoon .I and my mum decided to hang up the clothes which were just washed by my mum .When we went got throgh our hall to go to the backyard ,I saw a snake was crawling to the outdoor from our bedroom .I was stared to standing still there .The snake might be 7 inches long and was colorful .My mum went back to the front yard and got a very long stick and whipped the head of the snake heavily with it .At last my mum moved the snake carefully with the stick ... I am always fear of snake from then on ...
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@leeluo (51)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Wow you handled this so much better then I would have. I would have been just like you daughter up on the coffee table refusing to stand on the floor. LOL In AZ we had snakes all the time, but we could just sweep them up they were usually at least 6 ft long and poisonous.
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Well we haven't had any in the house, and with the dog I don't think it would make it in, but we have tons of them this year in the yard. My son hits them with the mower pretty often. The biggest I would have to guess was about 2 feet or just a little larger. I don't mind snakes since I use to live in Nevada and they were all over our property and the snakes were much bigger and poisonous. My dog has caught the snakes outside here that are little and he loves to play with them, he has also caught birds and even once a rat. Maybe you need a cat or dog to live with you