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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacardi1 View Post
    Thanks a lot. That's REALLY juvenile & not very helpful in trying to get the OP to come to terms with what's a "good" invader.

    Sleep with a gun under your pillow do ya?
    Oh, I do think he is a good invader! However, I did not appreciate the fact that his ummm...leavings were found in a drawer that houses kitchen utensils. I am very happy to have them around my house, barn etc.... I am even fine with him in my crawl space just not my living space! I do not wish him harm, will not use a glue trap and would not kill him if I saw him. I would, however, like him to leave the inside of the house!


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    Quote Originally Posted by spotnnotfarm View Post
    Oh, I do think he is a good invader! However, I did not appreciate the fact that his ummm...leavings were found in a drawer that houses kitchen utensils. I am very happy to have them around my house, barn etc.... I am even fine with him in my crawl space just not my living space! I do not wish him harm, will not use a glue trap and would not kill him if I saw him. I would, however, like him to leave the inside of the house!
    Okay - I fully agree with you. My above quoted post was with the person who was obviously trying to freak you out re: him entering your bed. Juvenile. And probably ties tin cans to cats' tails.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ReSomething View Post
    If anything gets stuck in a glue board and you don't find it right away all the vegetable oil in the world won't undo the suffering the small creature has gone through, and I say this because I used to work in a very nice resort that kept those boards in the maintenance rooms and caught mice in them. I dispatched the mice as fast as I could but it was still barbarous and inhumane, and caused bad feelings among the staff.

    Where there is a snake there are vermin for it to eat, you might want to address that issue and then the snake will leave.
    Very true...I agree glue boards are in-humane. I've, personally, had to dispatch mice I've found stuck to glueboards. It isn't a pleasant way to go and causes much suffering. I mentioned the veggie oil treatment because it does take the sticky out of the sticky trap should anyone have need of that knowledge in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRS View Post
    Very true...I agree glue boards are in-humane. I've, personally, had to dispatch mice I've found stuck to glueboards. It isn't a pleasant way to go and causes much suffering. I mentioned the veggie oil treatment because it does take the sticky out of the sticky trap should anyone have need of that knowledge in the future.
    The vegetable oil is a valuable tip for when we large creatures get that stuff on us. The little guys, not so much. And I'm not one who cares for mice in my stuff either.
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    Naughty snake, no pooping on the spoons!


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    OP, contact 2jakes. She is a snake expert, really. On TV and IRL in Miami. She can tell you how to keep snakes out of the house.


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    Years ago, my cousin was given a snake (Boa Constrictor I *think*) as pet and the thing kept escaping it's "house" after a few escapes they couldn't find it anymore

    It was loose (and alive!) in their house for years. (when they sold the house they had to disclose the snake to the new owners because the thing was still alive lol)
    Apparently from the skin shed they could see that it was huge! (Like 5ft)

    I'm good with snakes, but wouldn't want them loose in my living space!



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    Quote Originally Posted by wildlifer View Post
    Naughty snake, no pooping on the spoons!
    Fun isn't it! I had to lie to my husband or he would have freaked out!!!

    Thanks Cloudy, I will contact her



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    When we bought our house there was a lovely corn snake living in the basement. We were positive he was an escaped pet (or the previous owner had just let him loose in the basement.) We named him Steve. He left in the spring though.

    We have a pet Boa, and I'm not sure he could survive on his own if he escaped his domain. He needs high humidity, and he only eats frozen rats.



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    We have had black snakes in our house over the years. If you get rid of your mice, the snakes will leave. Also, a broom works well to sweep small black snakes out the door.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cornersfarm View Post
    When we bought our house there was a lovely corn snake living in the basement. We were positive he was an escaped pet (or the previous owner had just let him loose in the basement.) We named him Steve. He left in the spring though.
    Aren't Corn Snakes gorgeous?? Apart from the ones I've seen in pet stores, I was privileged to see one in the wild right here at home. During a summer drought several years ago, I went to turn on an outdoor spigot to do some watering & found myself a lovely Corn Snake. Unmistakeable. I slowly backed off & allowed him/her to enjoy the few drips coming from the spout in peace.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacardi1 View Post
    Aren't Corn Snakes gorgeous?? Apart from the ones I've seen in pet stores, I was privileged to see one in the wild right here at home. During a summer drought several years ago, I went to turn on an outdoor spigot to do some watering & found myself a lovely Corn Snake. Unmistakeable. I slowly backed off & allowed him/her to enjoy the few drips coming from the spout in peace.
    We were given a beautiful pet amenlanistic corn snake last spring. Jewel (named for her gorgeous red eyes) is fabulous. We loff her!


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    Obligatory pics of two corn snakes mating on the side of a tree in my yard. Yes, it's snake porn.

    StG


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cornersfarm View Post
    We have a pet Boa, and I'm not sure he could survive on his own if he escaped his domain. He needs high humidity, and he only eats frozen rats.
    I know jack all about snakes, but I simply cannot imagine a diet of frozen rats ONLY is very healthy. *cluless*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seriously_Hunter View Post
    Years ago, my cousin was given a snake (Boa Constrictor I *think*) as pet and the thing kept escaping it's "house" after a few escapes they couldn't find it anymore

    It was loose (and alive!) in their house for years. (when they sold the house they had to disclose the snake to the new owners because the thing was still alive lol)
    Apparently from the skin shed they could see that it was huge! (Like 5ft)

    I'm good with snakes, but wouldn't want them loose in my living space!
    5 feet is really not huge. 5 feet is actually rather small for a boa. If it was a real boa (like a red-tail) it would've been 8-10 feet. The dwarf localities of boa, like Nicaraguan, etc, are usually not in excess of 5 feet. Also, snake sheds are a totally inaccurate way of determining height because the skin can stretch.

    Sorry to hijack, just had to say that

    Yes, a rat snake will not hurt you. Really, neither will any other snake. It will not slither into your bed, for God's sake. They are colubrids, very docile.

    If you really want to find him, take two small colanders and buy a small frozen mouse (you can get them at pet stores). Then, thaw out the mouse (make it really hot) and put it between the colanders and secure the colanders around it. Put the colander where you suspect the snake to be and you may find him.

    Also - put out a water dish. Even a shallow tupperware with 1-2" of water will suffice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotnnotfarm View Post
    Fun isn't it! I had to lie to my husband or he would have freaked out!!!
    I confess, I giggled at the mental image. Reptile poo is rather strong smelling -- I have a blue-tongue skink (about 2 ft long, hefty lizard) and when he craps, holy crap! Blech. But at least they don't have hantavirus, LOL!

    He was probably following a terrified mouse. Or maybe he just ate one in your drawer, ha. But I agree that if you do want to lure him out, provide low warmth (no burning snakey bellies), food, and water.

    BTW, I love a snake named Steve.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PonyPeep View Post
    If you really want to find him, take two small colanders and buy a small frozen mouse (you can get them at pet stores). Then, thaw out the mouse (make it really hot) and put it between the colanders and secure the colanders around it. Put the colander where you suspect the snake to be and you may find him.
    And then your house will smell of dead, heated-up mouse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildlifer View Post
    I confess, I giggled at the mental image. Reptile poo is rather strong smelling -- I have a blue-tongue skink (about 2 ft long, hefty lizard) and when he craps, holy crap! Blech. But at least they don't have hantavirus, LOL!

    He was probably following a terrified mouse. Or maybe he just ate one in your drawer, ha. But I agree that if you do want to lure him out, provide low warmth (no burning snakey bellies), food, and water.

    BTW, I love a snake named Steve.

    If I had told him what it was then he would have thrown out all the utensils and bought plastic! LOL!!!

    So, it is very strong smelling? That makes sense. A few months ago there was a odor in the kitchen that I thought was coming from the drain or dishwasher. The smell lingered for awhile even though I scoured them. I never noticed it when I opened the drawer that contained the "evidence". Hmmmmmm.....

    So far, I have not seen him or any more ehm...material....maybe he is back outside?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Guin View Post
    And then your house will smell of dead, heated-up mouse!
    Not to mention the fact that not all wild snakes are automatically attracted to dead prey.



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    Quote Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' View Post
    If that's what you've got, he really won't hurt you. Please don't hurt him, either, K?
    I second this.

    Boy one bad relation in the garden of Eden and they are 'still' trying to live it down.

    All jokes aside you will get a lot sicker and have more damage from rodents than a snake. You won't hear him gnawing at the boards or in your pantry like rodents.
    Or catch the Hantavirus, plague, arenavirus, rarely polio but it happens.

    The worst that you gan get from a snake is to be asked to leave a garden.
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