Saturday, January 17, 2009

Snake Gone Wild

So ... once I move out of the place where I currently live it seems that the landlord will be able to advertise it as a three-bedroom, one bath, two-story singe family dwelling complete with a snake hidden somewhere inside. Yep ... you read that right ... a snake hidden somewhere inside!

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When Amanda went to go get Solaris out of her habitat to give her the weekly mouse that she has for food on Thursday, Solaris was nowhere to be found. Apparently sometime during the night the little escape artist had managed to wiggle her way out between the top of the habitat and the cover (though I still find it hard to believe that she was strong enough to push the thing up far enough to get out). We searched high and low in Amanda's room but there was no snake anywhere to be found.

Needless to say, Amanda was/is pretty upset about the whole thing but it wasn't due to any negligence on her part as she had both clamps attached tightly to the lid; Solaris just managed to find a way out somehow. Apparently she longed for the wild more than she did for domesticity or maybe she somehow placed a call to Westgate and made reservations at hotel in a warmer clime then left without telling us (yeah, yeah ... I know, I'm being silly on that one, snakes don't have fingers and can't make phone calls plus she would have needed me to drive her to the airport!).

Believe it or not, I feel badly about the whole thing not just because Amanda's pet has gone missing but because it's been darned cold here this week and only getting colder and I'm afraid that Solaris is going to freeze to death wherever she has gotten herself off to. I keep hoping she'll show up in a basket of laundry or something (even though I'm sure it would take a few years off of me to find her there initially) but Amanda doesn't think that's going to happen. She figures she got into a hole near the heat registers and is long gone. Which is too bad because I had kind of grown attached to her and had even spent some time holding her the other night while Amanda cleaned out her habitat.

This is why I don't like having pets - when you lose them for whatever reason it's just too upsetting - even when that pet is of the reptilian variety. See? I really am a softie but don't tell anyone, I've got a reputation to maintain!

16 comments:

  1. aaack! Forget that, I'd be moving NOW!

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  2. OH NO! Amanda had mentioned it on Face book. I feel bad for her Solaris was such a vibrant little corn snake. It amazes me that she was able to get out also. Just terrible news. I know what it feels like to lose a pet, it's yucky. :(

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  3. Sorry that Solaris has escaped. What was she thinking? She had it made. I know Amanda and you took good care of her.

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  4. seriously. i'd be moving right now. and not packing anything either! ha ha ha

    i am really trying to be sorry. really. i am too. honest. yes i am.

    smiles, bee
    xxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  5. OMG, I would be moving out of that place NOW! I probably wouldn't even take anything with me. I am so scared of snakes it is not even funny.

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  6. I hope it excaped to the outside......

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  7. I hope it comes back soon... have faith.

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  8. Look under everything she has to be there somewhere
    My son raised snakes so I am not afraid of them, In fact I think she is pretty and hope she turns up soon.

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  9. Mmmmm, at least if a mouse gets into your house it won't last long! :)

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  10. Just picturing you driving the snake to the airport really cracked me up! I hope you find the snake...

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  11. I hope the snake took up residence somewhere safe and comes out for the weekly dinner. Yikes.

    Have a great weekend. :)

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  12. Aaww...that's too bad! I know nothing of this "reputation" you speak of, but know that you are a softie! Let's face it, most folks don't get too worried about a pet snake, but you do! More importantly, one hopes that Amanda will recover from this loss, too!

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  13. My boys always wanted a pet snake... and I ALWAYS said NO!!

    I do agree with losing a pet though... it sure makes you think before you leap.

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  14. I'm sorry Solaris went walk about (or crawl about). In their own weird way snakes are good pets. Does her habitat have a heat lamp and can you leave it open with dinner inside, just in case she remembers the way home?

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  15. I'm still freaked out... Perhaps she found her way into you car, and then into my car, and thus into my house... I have to move.

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  16. Having experienced my fair share of "lost" snakes I can empathize with her.

    There are a few tricks you can use to coax a snake out of hiding. I wrote an article on my site about it a while back. Linked in my signature.

    I've had snakes turn up months after getting "lost" so there is always a pretty good chance it can be found.

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