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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:30 am 
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Snake in the house, eep! It's about ten inches long, black with a bright yellow belly and a yellow ring around its neck. I think it's a Southern ringneck snake and I assume it is just as harmless to cats as it is to humans. Does anyone know for sure? It's pretty clear how it got in as I've just built an outdoors enclosure two days ago. Needless to say it's been a big hit with my cats, especially at dusk. Both cats were involved in the snake wrangling and very eagerly chasing it all the way into the far corner of the foster room. It played dead, but came back to life and seems unharmed and resides in the downstairs bathroom now, safely separated from any cat claws and teeth by the glass jar it's in. Sorry, don't have a digital camera or I would post a picture, but it pretty much looks like this one.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:55 am 
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OMG :(
I would have thought 'any' living creature is not a good cat toy..
No wonder it played dead...
how sad.. :(


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:16 am 
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Eek :shock: :shock:

I'll happily live with mice etc running round my house but I couldn't cope with a snake.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:06 am 
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apart from the odd adder, (which i have never seen) we dont get snakes in this country. So glad we dont get snakes.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:35 am 
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actually snakes are a lot more common in the uk than u might think...

not indigenous of course but the recent "exotic pet" boom has lead to hundreds of corn snakes escaping from poorly made vivariums and continueing to live happily in built up areas...

there was an article a while back on this snake forum i used to frequent talkin about how a whole nest of corns had been found in the back storeroom of a chinese takeaway!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:31 am 
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oh wow....and urggghhhh i havent seen a rogue snake in our parts, i even did my Duke of Edinburgh over Teesdale and still never spotted any.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:40 am 
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they are aparently becoming like foxes, in that they are adapting to survive in an urban environment where they would probably die out in the countryside....

corns are lovely though. can be very affectionate, and do keep mouse populations down....


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:48 pm 
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Well, our snake is an escape artist... I had closed the jar off with cheese cloth and a rubber band and thought it was safely contained. Well, apparently that was no barrier for a determined snake and this morning it was gone. It's small enough to crawl through the space underneath the door, too, so it could be anywhere in the basement now. I wished I had put it back outside yesterday when I caught it, but I had hoped to bring it to work today where we have a herpetologist who could've properly identified it and maybe even kept it for upcoming classes. I spent half an hour looking for it, but it must have found a good hiding spot. Oh well, I have a feeling it will eventually turn up again...

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tameeria wrote:
Oh well, I have a feeling it will eventually turn up again...


:shock: :shock:

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:44 pm 
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hahaha ginny you must be thinking the same as me...hopeing it turns up again...




You seem so calm that you have a snake roaming around your house..i would be screaming from the roof by now.

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michelle wrote:
You seem so calm that you have a snake roaming around your house..i would be screaming from the roof by now.

:lol: It's very pretty actually and I've done some reading and this kind is apparently sold in pet stores in Europe and you feed it with earthworms. So I was tentatively planning on keeping it maybe as a pet snake to scare off unwanted visitors... :twisted:

Anyway, the guy at work said it very much sounds like a Southern Ringneck and there are no dangerous snakes it could be confused with. It's completely harmless and the worst it can do is to stink up the place in self-defense (they apparently release some icky stuff when threatened). They're safe to handle and usually don't even try to bite and their teeth are not big enough to break the skin even if it can manage to fit its tiny mouth around some body part.

I just hope I don't find a headless snake on my bed when I come home from work...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:02 pm 
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awww i hope the cats don't find it again. i like snakes, used to have a texan garter when i was a kid & looked after a burmese python for a while :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:31 am 
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Well, they did find it again and Snakey was a goner... Mikesch just presented me with the headless leftovers. :( And boy, yes, it did stink up the place. A bit like skunk, but luckily not as strong. It had chew marks all over, but apparently it didn't really taste very well. I should've put it outside when I caught it the first time while it was still alive. Oh well, next time...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:16 am 
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awww, poor little snake... still im sure the stink will teach the kits to avoid them in future : )


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:18 am 
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awww :(


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