What to Do If Your Snake Escapes

Do you have a pet snake? If so, sooner or later, you may face that moment all snake owners dread: coming home to an empty cage. Snakes typically don’t come when called, and can get into some very small spaces, so finding your scaled runaway may be a bit of a challenge. Read on as a local London, ON vet offers tips on finding a lost snake.

Initial Walkthrough

Start by walking through every room in your house. Check along walls and baseboards. Don’t forget to look up: your pet may have climbed a bookcase or railing, and could even be wrapped around a light fixture. You’ll also want to look near your pet’s habitat.

Stage 2

No luck? You’ll need to search a bit more thoroughly. Look under and behind couches and sofas. Lift the couch cushions as well. Check all upholstery, including the upholstery beneath your bed and couch, and look for rips your snake could have slipped into. Other places your reptilian pal could be hiding include tall plants, potted trees, and trashcans.

Stage 3

At this point, you’ll need to get even more detailed with the search. Look in, under, and behind your stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, and fridge. You’ll also want to look in boxes and cabinets, and behind your water heater. Check around your toilet and in the tank as well. Inspect all your cabinets, shelves, and closets, checking all surfaces. Use a flashlight for darker areas. Leave nothing uninspected: snakes have been known to hide in shoes, boots, purses, drawers, and book bags. You’ll also want to look for ducts or gaps that could have let your snake get outside. If you see any possible escape routes, start checking your yard.

Stage 4

If you still haven’t found your snake, it’s time to get a little more proactive. Set some sound traps by putting plastic grocery bags on the floor. Turn off the TV and radio, so the house is as silent as possible, and listen for crinkling sounds. If that doesn’t work, sprinkle some cornstarch across your doorways before you go to bed. Snakes typically move at night. In the morning, you may find tracks that offer hints as to your escape artist’s location!

Please feel free to contact us, your local London, ON pet hospital, for your snake’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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