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SNAKE IN THE HOUSE!! HELP!

Postby jess » Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:48 pm

I am new and just have a question. I have never posted on anything like this and dont know how I found this site so bare with me.

This morning while getting my jacket on to go outside and drink coffee and smoke a cigg, I walked intothe hall and at my front door inside my apartment was a snake on the tile floor!!! I was black to what all I could see. About 12 inches long a little curled up. I went to go turn on the light to make sure if that was what I was seeing and its head popped up to look around. I thought, that aint no shoelace laying on the floor!!! Being as shocked as I was I ran upstairs to grab the phone and my 2 yr olf daughter. She was sleeping but I didnt know what else to do. I tried to keep my eye on it but when I grabbed my daughter out of bed and turned back around to see it, it was gone!!!!!! So I called animal control left the key under the mat and I was GONE!!! Im at my moms and I will not go home till someone finds it!! My husband came home coulnt find it. Animal control came twice couldnt find it. Maintaince man came no luck!!!! Animal control said 99 percent of the time your not gonna find it. HE said I should have kept my eye on it to see where it went but I didnt. It was a little snake (maybe a baby) but about as long as a ruler. It was skinny but not real real skinny. All I could see was black but when its head popped up I didnt get any closer to look! SOMEONE HELP!!! Maybe someone could help tell me whatkinda they think it is? I live in SC/NC. Its been very rainy and wet for about a week. NO sun. 68 degrees. I can I feel safe with my 2 yr old and know that a snake is inside my house. I justcant. WHat ifthey cant find it? I gotta Move now? I dont wanna take any of my stuff like my mattresses of couch?!! HELP!!!!
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Postby mith » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:16 pm

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Postby Theraphosid » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:40 pm

I can't help with an ID, will need a picture, but 12 inches? That's one small snake. I'm not too familiar with breeding cycles of wild snakes, so, it could either be a young snake, or something like a garter snake.

Man, I wish snakes just came into my house. :lol:
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Postby jess » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:35 pm

Thank u for the replies!! Those sites were great but Im still unsure. From how I decribed the snake to the site it came up a worm snake or a racer snake. Worm snake looked to small and racer snake looked to big in the pics!!! My hubby is tearing my apt. upside down as I write. Which is OK with me as long as he finds it. But thanks for the help!!!
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Postby Theraphosid » Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:15 pm

Depending on where you found it originally, you may not find it. It may have just briefly entered your house to escape some bad weather and warm up a little. Unless you have a rodent or possibly large insect problem, the snake shouldn't stay in your house very long.
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Postby jess » Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:45 am

Well that makes me feel a little better! We dont have mice problems or anything like that. Nor do we have bugs or anything like that. We get sprayed often. Im staying somewhere else for a while though. My hubbys has friends tearing my apt upside down looking for it. He's gonna set out wood glue traps tonight? Maybe it'll work. I hope! But thanks for the quick replies!!! I know where to go when I have any kinda animal problem!! Thanks I'll update on the snake. Oh and I think it was a Carolina black swamp snake. I read up on it and the pics look like what I saw! Thanks again!
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Postby February Beetle » Wed Oct 12, 2005 2:05 pm

It has started to get cold here and last night I found a ring neck snake in our basement. It is about 10-12" long and black and very much resembles a shoe lace but it's stomach is orange/yellow and it has a orange ring around it's neck. very tiny snake so, maybe if you could google a picture of a ring neck and see if that's the kind it is.
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Postby jess » Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:48 am

R Ring neck snakes venomus? I didnt get a close enough look at the snake I saw but it could have been one. I thought that when I looked it up and saw a picture. I'm still at my moms and my hubby is at the apt. still trying to catch it. He has set up 8 different traps downstairs. Tonight he is trying moth balls. Now I really dont wanna go home. I could only imagine what that smells like. I mean not to be gross but when u use number 2 in the downstairs bathroom you can smell it from upstairs. YUK!!! I just still dont know what to do. I was hoping to win the lottery tonight so I can leave everything behind and start new again somewhere where there isnt snakes. I mean, this whole snake thing really scared me for life. I will never feel safe there. Hopefully he can catch it. But if this was a baby snake where's the momma? Nesting inside the cushions of my couch? See its not so much me thats worried about it (even though I would lose sleep) its my daughter Im more concerned about. But I'll keep ya updated. Oh and I got a piece of yarn and put and on the floor exactly how I saw the snake and I didnt relize it was much bigger that 12 inches. But im still stumped. But thanks again.
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:18 pm

Have you considered calling the exterminators? They can be quite expensive but seems to be quite a big deal for you..
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Postby mith » Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:54 pm

yeah, they could probably fumigate it or something.
My (joke)suggestion, buy a mongoose. It'll hunt down and kill any snakes in the area, as well as chickens etc..
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Postby jess » Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:47 pm

Yes I have called an exterminator. He said it would be about $100.00 to just walk around with a flashlight. That there wasnt much to do. He gave some suggestions of traps but that was about it. I thought about barrowing a neighbors cat for a couple days. A lot that I have read on the internet about people finding snakes in there house it said that there cat actually found it. So maybe just maybe that would be my last resort?! This is just horrible. I maybe just have to suck it up and go back home. Maybe when the moth ball smell is gone! EWW!!!
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Postby 123Herpatology » Fri Oct 14, 2005 2:25 am

South carolina and north carolina are home to only a few species of poisenous snakes, and the snake you described doesn't sound like it could be a possibility of being poisenous. Perhaps if it was a baby, but if you live in an apartment it be hard to imagen it finding its way there. Send another message if you find it, i'm interested.
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