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Old 10-30-17, 12:24 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Don't give up, but don't over stress it. They pop up when you least expect it in the most unlikely, surprising places!
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Old 11-05-17, 01:32 PM   #32 (permalink)
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On Tuesday it'll be 3 weeks he's been missing, and oddly enough, I'm not all that concerned anymore. My only concern is that he'll go hungry, but not too concerned that i'm stressing over it.
Any place we went did not have a big enough mouse, so that's another plan shot down. However, when my sister went in my room to get something she said she saw something moving around in a pile of clothes, so it's a possibility that it could've been him as all the other animals were in their cages at the time and that pile of clothes hasn't been touched recently. I took a look in it and he wasn't there, but it wasn't a good enough look so I don't exactly know. Fingers crossed!
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On Tuesday it'll be 3 weeks he's been missing, and oddly enough, I'm not all that concerned anymore. My only concern is that he'll go hungry, but not too concerned that i'm stressing over it.
Any place we went did not have a big enough mouse, so that's another plan shot down. However, when my sister went in my room to get something she said she saw something moving around in a pile of clothes, so it's a possibility that it could've been him as all the other animals were in their cages at the time and that pile of clothes hasn't been touched recently. I took a look in it and he wasn't there, but it wasn't a good enough look so I don't exactly know. Fingers crossed!
Gonna be kind of gross but a secure dark box in a warmish area of the house with a bunch of mouse blood in it might draw it out.
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When I was in college I came home for Christmas break with my BF's corn snake. Kind of snuck it in the house because my dad hates snakes. Well, sure enough I went into my room one evening to see an empty cage with the top loose. Much tiptoeing around and surreptitious snake hunting ensued, with my mom and sister poking around looking. Eventually, my sister shouted, "there is goes!" as the snake made a speedy escape under a closet door that led to a crawl space. Well dang. Snake was gone. The BF was sad but life went on.
In April, my mom opened up the washing machine to find a nice fat healthy corn snake curled up inside. No idea how that happened (and yes, it was the same snake!). We figure it was hiding out under the house, eating mice. The BF had the snake for many more years.
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Old 11-08-17, 07:21 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Haha, awesome story! It's because of these I haven't given up. I'm a bit confused as to what part of the mouse snakes are attracted to, because I've heard of mouse brains, dander and now blood being used to draw them out.
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Good luck on finding your snake!
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Old 11-16-17, 06:43 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Someone said they found their corn snake in the roof when it was being redone a year later. Corns, which I think are even in the same species group as the ratsnakes with the scaleless gene, seem to be common things to lose and find long periods later all over the country. Once they are no longer tiny babies that have more difficulty finding water and the correct size food frequently my biggest worry is actually how easy it is to get out of this house with US natives. Overall they are likely to stop somewhere else first since only 2 stacked rooms and the basement have any pipes but previous owners decided adding plumbing meant smash random size/shape holes in the wall and leave them that way. With the fields of mice, prairie restoration attempts, and underground streams with rock areas below frostline there is no reason to stay in my house and tons of perfect year round snake needs in city limits before you even get to what's around it. If only my dog wasn't better at tripping over the high wild population than I was at hunting them. The one way I can definitely never find a lost snake is if they aren't here anymore.
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So it's been a month and a week since he's gone missing, and I'm trying really hard to not loose hope. I still have some left, but it's not much. I'm still determined to find him, but snakes can basically hide anywhere. I have a feeling he's still in my room somewhere considering I keep finding random scabs on my rabbit? Garnet (my bun) is generally very careful and doesn't get hurt often, so I find it rather odd that these start popping up all of a sudden. I don't know, it's just a thought.
I've noticed that when in his viv he was quite the hider unless it was feeding time,which is later on in the evening. Knowing him, he's either hiding somewhere extremely good or in plain sight. I just want this to be over with already, I just wanna find my noodle
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You never know when it'll show up. Being so small, he could be in clothes which are in the dressers, or even in hanging clothes if you have any.

I just lost my king snake a couple days ago. Hoping she shows up fairly soon but I'm not really counting on it.
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I don't think I'm going to find this snake. And even if I do, it'll probably be dead since it's brutally cold where I am currently. He either found his way into the walls, outside or to a completely separate part of the house. While I don't think he went through the radiator, he could've gotten out any other way. I had a second dream of finding him, but of course it's just a dream unfortunately. There is still spring, but I'm not counting on it. It's been three months since he escaped I believe, so I've lost most of my hope.

Sorry for being a Debby Downer, this has never happened to me before so I'm really upset. Now that I have lost this guy, my mom who absolutely hates snakes will never allow me to own another. I'm just really upset for loosing him and disappointed in myself.
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Didn't someone just find their snake around the refrigerator? That's a warm place due to the compressor...put down some flour and watch it for trails.
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Didn't someone just find their snake around the refrigerator? That's a warm place due to the compressor...put down some flour and watch it for trails.
I just found mine who was missing for two weeks. I found her in the bath tub although I'm almost positive she had been holed up in the fridge for at least part of that time.
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So I found him...but not alive, unfortunately.
I was cleaning up the bathroom attached to my bedroom as I plan on moving my rabbit into there (the bathroom hasn't been used in years), I moved a bin and...there he was.
I don't know how long he'd been there for, probably for a while, as he was in pretty dire shape.

I'm crushed. Though this snake disliked me, I loved him. He was my first snake, and he escaped to be met with an awful end. I didn't want to find him like this. I really didn't.

My mom agreed to allow me to get another as long as I have a proper locking terrarium, but I'll worry about that later.

I'm sorry, Crusher. Though you hated me and preferred being on your own, at least you got what you wanted in the end-freedom. May you rest in peace.
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Sorry to hear that bud. At least that feeling of uncertainty is gone and you can put this all behind you. Don't be too hard on yourself...it happens and you can take it as a learning experience. Good luck with your future snakes, I'm sure you'll do great with them.
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I read through this whole suspenseful thread and when I got to the end, I cried. I really thought he'd turn up. I'm sorry about your little guy.
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