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Posted on 05/29/2012 6:24:26 PM PDT by Salamander
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I know snakes aren't everybody's preferred pet but I do love mine dearly.
My pastel Ball Python, Alice, escaped his tank sometime between late Thursday/early Friday.
He is the 'smart guy' who always fiddled with his locks and he finally managed to get one open.
He squeezed out of the gap he created and I have hunted everywhere.
Here's the big problem; the house is a house log house almost 300 years old, there are holes everywhere, 'false walls' where layers of clapboard and siding were added later in the history of the house and the bottoms of those additions are NOT sealed from the outside.
We have torn apart both rooms where the snakes are.
Upended fridges and stoves.
Took down a 'wet wall panel' and looked back in the plumbing space.
Gone down into the dirt dug Root Cellar Of Horror, just in case.
Looked in every box, piece of clothing, looked up, looked down, looked all over the other snakes' racks.
He's just nowhere to be seen.
He's a bright yellow Pastel almost 4 feet long and weighs over 1700 grams so we're not looking for a little camouflaged snake, here.
I've got a drinking bowl with flour around it.
Foil/plastic laid down does no good because I'm too hard of hearing to know if he goes over it.
I've done everything you do when a snake goes missing and there's no sign of him everywhere.
I'm am just devastated.
This is my beloved 'lap snake' Alice who is like a dog with scales.
He's hopeless when it comes to being a 'real snake'.
He can't survive on his own and being somewhere in temps below 75 degrees will either make him very sick or kill him.
I am leaving out a dead mouse every night *but* he only eats his mice if they're very warm and won't touch them, cold.
I don't know what else to do but pray.
I could kick myself for leaving that one key in.
It's the one he 'picked' and that gave him a difficult but apparently doable way out of his tank.
Even though he's not a fluffy kitten or cute puppy, he is very dear to me and I miss him terribly.
I stalk the dark house every night, flashlight in hand, hoping to catch a glimpse of him but I fear he may have gone under the house and there's absolutely no way I can get under one part of there to even look.
I have done everything I can and God is now his only hope of survival and safe return.
This is a photo of him sleeping on my lap with his head resting on my fingers.
Those of you who know me understand what this is doing to me.
Prayers for his return would be deeply appreciated.
Finger’s crossed and a quick prayer to St. Anthony (St. Patrick just wouldn’t understand).
Thanks...I’ve two St Francis statues...maybe I should move them inside the house.
[and you made me laugh through my tears...shame on you]
We’ll all be hoping he shows up soon and safe!
Prayers sent for Alice.
I do indeed pray you find Alice.
Just curious, where do you live?
Every time my brothers find snakes in the house, they’re up high and near something warm: water pipes, water heater, and ducts. You have duct work there he can get into?
Once you find him, you’ll need to figure out a way to put bells or GPS on him. ;o) Seriously, prayers up that you’ll find him.
He’s so sweet and trusting that I had to be careful not to drop him because he never coiled around my arms for fear of falling because he knew I’d never let him.
He’d just hang down like a lazy fat piece of rope until I sat down and cuddled him.
Then he’d get daring and crawl too far off my legs and start to flop to the floor, knowing I’d reach out and catch him in mid-air.
He wasn’t happy unless his “stone pillow” was in front of his cave so he could rest his head on it.
He’s such a poor excuse for a “real snake”.
We’re barely having warm days and the nights are too chilly for him.
Prayers ascending. I know the worry of a missing pet.
The house has all the plumbing on one “wet wall” due to the impossibility of running pipes in logs.
If I do find him, I think I’m just going to superglue his tail to the floor of his tank.
I’m still praying for Alice’s safe return. Here’s hoping he comes back home again soon.
Are you feeling any better?
Hubby asks if there is any kind of irresistible snake lure you can put out to attract him? Something to get him out from under the house where you can’t access the space?
Hubby wishes you well, too.
My uncle got a pet snake back over a year after it went missing. Out of the blue, a neighbor called Uncle George to say he had found it in his garden shed. If Alice can hide in or under the house she will survive the weather until she decides to come back to the one that takes care of her.
His tank with heat and all his ‘furniture’ and such is on the floor now with a fresh thawed mouse put in every day.
My kitchen looks like the inside of a submarine because I’ve blacked out the window and put red lights in the fixtures to simulate darkness.
People go out of their way to kill every snake they see, here.
Little tiny harmless milk and ring necks get killed with as much prejudice as copperheads.
Except for the black rat snake who lives in my smokehouse, I haven’t seen one in years that wasn’t smashed on the road.
I will be praying.
I will be honest, I am so not a snake lover, BUT I am a cat & dog woman & I know what peoples’ pets mean to them. Alice sounds like a sweetheart and I really will keep good thoughts that you find your baby safe & sound.
A light dusting of flour, cornmeal, or baby powder (baby powder won't attract bugs, might not bother Alice) in likely traffic areas might show where your baby has gone--or if it has been through a part of the house at all.
PS: Look up. Alice might have headed for high ground...
Can you get me up a posse of those Texas snake round up guys?
This is my first missing pet and I’m not handling it well at all.
Well, good luck finding your snake.
No, not really.
I feel like a huge rock is sitting on my chest.
There’s no irresistible snake lure that anybody knows of except his waiting supper....*if* he’s within range to even smell it and *if* he’s not eating wild mice.
Snakes can’t hear so I can’t even call to him like a dog.
It’s pretty much a situation of helpless despair.
Thanks to you and hubby for your constant support.
Praying for you. Please do keep us posted. I hope he is found soon.
God help Alice if my neighbor finds him.
He’s the guy who came in my yard and weed-whacked all the garter snakes who lived near my Koi pond because he believed he was ‘protecting me’.
We should amend the prayers that Alice _stays home_ until he’s found.
The place looks like we had an indoor blizzard of flour and corn starch.
There’s not so much as an ant track in any of it.
I’ve looked up, up, down, between, behind, inside, outside and in places so tiny a mouse wouldn’t fit.
Just no clue where he’s at.
Unfortunately, the nature of a Ball Python is revealed in their name.
When they’re scared, they just ball up and don’t move...and I know he’s scared, wherever he is.
If he shows up, I’ll make a huge, screaming-happy vanity post.
You won’t miss it...:)
I do hope you find it soon.
I’ll be praying. I have had 3 occasions where one of my dogs got out, and thankfully, I got them back at all times. Please keep us posted.
I know how much people love their pets and treat them like family. My heart goes out to you and will say a prayer that Alice returns safe and sound.
Please keep us posted. You came to the best place for support.
I don’t know any way to handle it well.
Are you serious?
He eats frozen mice because he can’t even strangle a live *mouse*, let alone a person.
He’s barely four feet long and not even 2 pounds.
It’s not the same snake you saw last week on the Sci-Fi channel.
As always, with all my heart - Alice come home and Pain take a hike!
In Jesus’ Holy Name (Who would not have ~any~ of His Father’s creatures perish.)
I don’t appreciate snakes personally, but I know how much we love our animal family members. You have my prayers for your precious pet to return to you.
Spunky should go check out “Titanaboa”.
God bless you, Joe.
That’s why I love ya.
Critters is critters, at the end of the day.
This is just about the best place for everything.
Hope you find your beloved python soon. It hurts to lose a pet.
Yet, you are not showing concern for the PERSON who is worried about the loss of her pet.
Whatever your opinion of snakes, I hope you will show courtesy and concern to her.
I love snakes!!!!! We have weird ones here now in Ga- brown on top and yellow or orange on their bellies. Still don’t know what they are but we also have black snakes and king snakes all over.
I am praying Alice comes home soon. An old boyfriend’s roommate’s snake hid in a pachinko machine and took a while for him to decide to leave his cozy surroundings. I would look in boxsprings and behind refrigerators- places I am sure you have already looked but think small and warm.
Prayers for your loved one to return! Keep us updated!!!