Having your baby corn snake escape its enclosure is probably one of the most heart-wrenching, yet most common, problems snake owners face. Regardless of what type of enclosure you have, baby corn snakes have a knack for being able to find the smallest of openings and work their way out. While finding such a small snake may seem like a daunting task, there are a few things you can do to help make your search easier.
Look in obvious places first. Check the farthest recesses of your closets, under the beds and under piles of laundry. Snakes are opportunistic by nature and will find the most accessible place to hide. It's not uncommon to find them near their enclosures, especially if the escape is relatively recent.
Expand your search. Assuming you don't find your pet during the first search, it's time to expand your search to include places like dresser drawers, pillow cases, the bathroom (behind the toilet is a favourite), under or behind your appliances and behind bookcases. Take your time when you are looking and conduct your search methodically so that you don't miss anything.
Remove any natural predators. If your snake is still missing, it is time to begin trying to lure it out of hiding. The first step is to remove any natural predators like a cat or dog. This will make the snake more comfortable moving about and give you a greater chance at finding him.
Place a heating pad in a few rooms. Snakes are ectothermic, meaning that they cannot generate their own body heat. This means that from time to time they will be looking for a place to warm up. Place a few heating pads in the floor of a couple of rooms on low and place a towel on top of them. The snake will be attracted to the warmth.
Leave out a snack. Unless you have a rodent problem in your house, your snake will become hungry in a few days, depending on the last time he was fed. Purchase a live mouse and place it, in a cage, in a room. Your snake will catch its scent and make its way toward the meal.
- Pet Snakes.com: Finding a Missing Snake -- Tips to Help Locate a Snake That Has Escaped
- Richard K. Davis, Owner Knoxville Animal Clinic, Knoxville, Tn
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