Post # 1
With the cold front coming in, it’s really cold in his tank. I took him out to warm him up a bit and he got away from me. I saw him crawl under one of our recliners, but when we tipped over the chairs, he was nowhere to be seen. I think he’s inside the chair and have no idea how to get him out. I’ll have to do a heavy cleaning tomorrow. See if he got anywhere. I just worry. It’s below freezing tonight, school closures tomorrow, he needs warmth.
Post # 3
Oh no! I know exactly how that feels I lost one of my guinea pigs for over an hour a few months ago. It turns out they can get inside the couch and sleep in it like a hammock. It’s a good thing I’ve got tiny hands and wrists because I was just able to get an arm in there and get my pig out. FI would not have been able to do that as his forearms are too large.
Can you feel around in the edges of the chair cushion for him? You might be able to feel him even if you can’t grab him. If you have a heating pad I’d put it on the seat of the chair that you think he’s in, the warmth might lure him out. Hope you find him soon.
Post # 4
Sounds like he’s climbed into the “inners” of the Recliner for warmth.
I’d be putting the lids down on the Toilets and the Stoppers into all the Sink & Tub driains… maybe something along the bottom of the major doors out of your Home / Apartment, so he doesn’t “move on”
You hear so many stories about Snakes who disappear and venture beyond their home turf.
Hope you find him soon… for your sake and everyone else’s.
Post # 5
@HonoraryNerd: What kind of snake are we talking about? Can you attempt to get inside your couch safely to look fo him? I would make sure EVERY possible exit is coverd and that you do a full search!
Can you turn the heater on REALLY high so that he heats up and comes out of hiding?
Post # 6
I feel your pain. I lost my snake when I was a kid, we never found him. I think he somehow got outside.
I’d stick a heating pad under the recliner if you think he’ll be too cold and try again tomorrow.
Post # 7
I agree with PP – try to draw him out with a heat source. Do you have a heating rock in his terarrium that you can set up near the recliner?
Post # 8
He has a UTH as his heat source. I’m going out today to get some small hand warmers to try and lure him out. The way the chair’s designed I can’t get inside it really. I’d have to take it apart completely.
He’s a kingsnake, just shy of 2 years old. About 2.5 ft long, inch in diameter? If it’s any indication of size, he’s moved from fuzzies to hopper mice in the past couple months.
Post # 9
I sincerely hope you don’t live in any kind of shared housing – shit like this made me paranoid when I lived in apartment buildings.
Post # 10
@kittyface: I live in a house, but he wouldn’t go outside anyways. He’s looking for warmth and it’s below freezing outdoors.
Post # 11
@kittyface: stories like this give me serious nightmares, and I don’t even live in an apartment. Snakes are my #1 fear in life (well, tied with dying)
Post # 12
@HonoraryNerd: Aww lil lost snake, hope you find him soon. If I was a snake a recliner would surely seem like a nice place to hang out. I’d love to see you luring him with hand warmers, too cute!
Post # 13
@mrs-to-be-2014: Is there any particular reason you fear snakes? I don’t mean to try to convince you otherwise or trivialize your fear, but generally it’s a lack of information. I always try to correct any misconceptions if I can. Some people are quick to attack and kill snakes even if they’re harmless or out of the way just because they’re snakes. There’s a level of tolerance towards cruelty to snakes that you’d never see with any other animals. I think being properly informed helps dispel fear and keep these things from happening.
Post # 14
Oh no! Our snake escaped from his feeding box once two years ago and was on the lam for over a month. We figured he had escaped our apartment and we were prepared to deny everything if anyone found him and demanded to know who had released a snake into the building. He eventually turned up in the bathroom behind the toilet, just sitting on the floor acting like everything was cool!
Yours will come out eventually when he gets hungry/thirsty/cold, so definitely try to set a little happy snake trap for him if he does come out, with a bowl of water and something warm. We still have no idea where ours was hiding for all that time, as we searched EVERYWHERE, with special emphasis on electical hubs (because they’re warm) and in the coils of the back of the fridge (same reason). Good luck!
Post # 15
When I was a resident assistant at a university student village, a student sheepishly admittedly to us that their (very prohibited and not in their room during inspection) snake had gotten loose. We eventually found him coiled around some of the water pipes behind the shower. So, I guess my first thought is to check all the plumbing or duct work (sorry if this seems patronising. I know you know far more about your pet and its species than I do. Just some thoughts from someone who had to deal with this situation before too!) Let us know when you find him!
Post # 16
@HonoraryNerd: That picture is adorable. “Puppy mouth” Awww! Can you tell I love snakes? I really hope you find your little guy!