Originally posted by eyespy
Lots of good advice already, so I'll just add that once my cat broke into the screentop of my tank and 2 juvenile garters escaped. Neither traps nor tearing the house apart worked quickly but a month later Dante just appeared crawling across my living room floor one day. Three months after the escape Lilith was just smack in the middle of my bedroom when I went in to go to sleep.
So never give up hope!
Thats what happened to our colubrid, kitty broke through the screen, now all screen tops are reinforced with hardware cloth.