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Old 06-29-20, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone! My name is Sarah and I have found myself in a devastating predicament. This is such a long shot but I thought this would be the best place to ask. I lost my boa outside. It's completely my fault and I feel beyond terrible but I am wondering if anyone has any tips on even the slightest chance of me finding her (believe me I know it's far fetched).

She's four and half to five years old around five feet or so. saturday night, or early sunday if you want to get technical, I left her outside by accident when I went to sleep and didnt realize til 8am the next morning. Around six hours or so. Shes a climber so she was up on some hanging flower pots and decor under my patio, which I've never actually ever seen her climb down from but of course when I woke up panicked and came out to see she was far gone.

This was yesterday morning. I live in El Paso, Texas and she is definitely not a desert snake.. My backyard opens up to a tilted desert spot up into a back alley. Tonight I thought I would move her enclosure outside with her hides and plenty of water. Create a humid space for her to escape and I have one rat left which I was going to try to leave overnight to tempt or lure her back somehow? I think I'm going to try to brain it, which I have never done but every little thing helps right?

We even posted to the neighborhood app just in case she got far enough to some other yard. I combed the back desert spot and my backyard thoroughly looking for any trace of her. Tried my best to think like a snake.

Any other suggestions? I am trying not to get my hopes up but you know..
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Old 06-29-20, 11:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's no telling where your snake could be but a little story of mine might give some idea. I once had an amazon tree boa who got out of her enclosure. I looked all over my house and once it was clear to me that she wondered outside I really panicked. We have large tall trees everywhere so being an amazon TREE boa I assumed she was up high somewhere. Turns out she was in a shoe I had outside in my yard. Seems like she picked out the first shelter she could find. So pretty much I suggest you also seek out shelter spots on the ground as well as keeping an eye in the trees. Good luck on finding you snake!
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Old 06-29-20, 11:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you! Yeah I have looked everywhere I swear. we have two trees outside and a big old bush and that back desert patch is covered in brush and bushes. I've searched all of our plants and pots and futon and god knows what else..
I know if i find her itll be by sheer fkn luck. But I appreciate your story

Because that was definitely something I worried about: the travel factor. stay really close or head out? I just keep picturing her dying or being killed in the worst possible ways and knowing it was my fault and preventable and she was my damn responsibility you know? ahh.
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Old 06-30-20, 03:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Im so sorry for all this i know this must be hard. But in my experience snakes go along a wall and instead of climbing it (even arboreal snakes) will typically just keep going along the wall or step... whatever it is that makes a line for them to follow. I have found many snakes doing this when herping, so maybe if you have closed fence it could have led him somewhere? I really hope you find him, best of luck!
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Thanks I keep checking perimeters. and any hidey type of spot. I appreciate it!
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The odds are long but I really hope you find your critter.
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Thanks! I have my fingers crossed and am still trying but yeah I know the odds are slim to none :/
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also dont know if I'm doing these replies correctly but I hope you all see I see you and appreciate it!
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yeah we see them.
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thanks! I'm new at the whole forum thing. lol
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