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Old 11-23-17, 12:01 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Turn the heat down and leave the tank open but warm.
Agreed. And make sure to leave her some water.
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Old 11-23-17, 05:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Will do guys, thanks. She has a water bowl in her tank (which is on the ground) and then the dog has water bowls both in the bedroom and in the living room.
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Old 11-23-17, 06:10 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Wow, good luck finding her. Remember that kingsnakes are great climbers too so look high as well as low. And I agree that a night time search is a good bet. Get that dura cell into that flashlight and happy herping.
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Old 11-23-17, 09:24 PM   #19 (permalink)
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For those with escapist issues I highly recommend checking out the zilla sliding screen lid tanks. If its closed its physically impossible for a snake to get out of those enclosures which is why I've only ever had the two and both were my fault due to being in a rush.
I had a dekay brown snake wiggle out a sliding lid when the latch didn't quite catch after it was slid shut. It's hard to see if the tab has dropped down or not because it's such a tiny difference between being on the rim of the sliding lid versus past it to the screen so it's locked in place. Slim little things. He also slipped out a vent hole in a plastic container. He always just sat on top after escaping or I doubt I ever would have found him. I went to move a light on top of the 10gallon with sliding lid and there he was tangled around the cord.

My rosy boa is my escape artist. She was perfectly content for a year and then I put a corn snake nearby in the room and found tank lid clips are not sufficient. She refused to stay in her tank after that. 4 bricks later to hold every corner of the hinged lid she's finally stuck. The corn snake escape was my husband building a custom lid for a bow tank and the bull snake escape was because it turned out the 75gallon we bought with the snake thinking we had a lid that fit turned out to be 21" wide and 18" tall instead of the reverse. We tried to temporarily setup the lid for the night until we could make a frame to fill the extra space and again my husband miscalculated the ability of a snake to fit through a gap.
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Old 11-23-17, 09:47 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I figure she's still in the apartment, so I think with some good searching and her getting hungry I'll find her. I figure if I can find the snakes I do in the wild, I should be able to find one trapped in a small apartment lol.
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Old 11-29-17, 11:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Update: Still haven't found her. However, I think she may be up inside the fridge. I've been home studying for finals a lot over the past week, and two or three times I've heard something in there that sounds like it's coming from the fridge area (but didn't sound like the ice machine). Each time had been when I was sitting here studying for a while in the quiet, and all of the sudden I heard something loud enough to catch my attention, but it's still somewhat subtle. I was pushing it off as me just trying to make something out of nothing, until my girlfriend brought it up, and said she'd heard some small noise twice over the past couple days come from over there. Both times she said she had been in the living room watching tv when she heard it.

I'll keep everyone updated. I tried leaving a f/t rat in a minnow trap next to the fridge to no avail. I may try to just leave one under the fridge and if she takes it I'll at least know she's definitely there.
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Old 11-29-17, 01:31 PM   #22 (permalink)
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You might try sprinkling flour around the fridge and see if you find any squiggles in it later. If she's going in and out she'll have to crawl through it and will leave a "footprint."
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I've been thinking about that. Just haven't had the nerve to ask the girlfriend about it yet. She's been really good about the whole ordeal, so maybe she'll go for it if it means figuring out where the snake is.
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Update: She's been found!

After I posted about hearing those noises from the refrigerator area, they completely stopped and I hadn't heard a peep since then. Well I was in the living room last night and I heard a noise come from the bathroom like something fell. I went to check it out (somehow it being her didn't even cross my mind) and sure enough, I see a shampoo bottle that had fallen into the tub and the back end of a snake with the rest of her crawling up the shower curtain. I picked her up, and she acted like nothing was up, like she hadn't been gone for two weeks. Glad to have her back.
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Old 12-03-17, 11:20 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Glad to hear you found her.
If I recall correctly, the more senior members here will say to treat it as a new animal and quarantine the animal. Hopefully one will confirm.
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She already ate and drank, and she seems alert. I'm going to be keeping a close eye on her for the next few weeks just to make sure she's all good though.
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Woo-hoo! Im glad you got her back B. Did you cut off her escape route?
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Woo-hoo! Im glad you got her back B. Did you cut off her escape route?
I basically have her in the snake version of Alcatraz right now lol. No way she's getting out on my watch again.
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Fantastic! Congrats, and I know you can rest a little easier now. Lol.
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I've been so relieved. On top of the fact that I just felt terrible about her escaping, it kept running through my head that I'd be hanging out and hear a neighbor (through these paper thin walls) scream "snake!" and then a couple big whacks. That's what had me the most nervous.
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