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    Re: Ball Python escape, could he have gotten out of the house?

    Quote Originally Posted by Argentum View Post
    That's not a bad carrier theoretically, but if the situation ever arises, it's not something I would recommend. You would be surprised just how fast a mouse can chew through those slats, or depending on how far apart they are, just squeeze out between them. When I mentioned 1/4", that's the square dimension of the opening - mice can fit through spaces that appear too small for their bones. However, it's even more likely for them to chew through the slats and have plenty of room to get out. That's why I suggested wire, they can't chew through metal unless it's a thread fine enough to bite through. I prefer 1/4" hardware cloth for keeping mice confined. Anything its head can fit through, the body can also fit through.

    Incidentally, mice actually make very nice pets. Rats are even better, more intelligent, social and interactive than mice. Unfortunately, they don't have much longevity even in captivity.
    That's what put me off mice & rats, I had gerbils as a teenager, and they live just long enough to break your heart. After that I decided to admire rodents from a far

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    Re: Ball Python escape, could he have gotten out of the house?

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    That's what put me off mice & rats, I had gerbils as a teenager, and they live just long enough to break your heart. After that I decided to admire rodents from a far

    Absolutely. I had gerbils, as well, and they have so much personality. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about that problem with snakes - a ball python can live for thirty years or more.
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    Re: Ball Python escape, could he have gotten out of the house?

    Quote Originally Posted by Argentum View Post
    Absolutely. I had gerbils, as well, and they have so much personality. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about that problem with snakes - a ball python can live for thirty years or more.
    You just have to make sure you can find them,
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    Re: Ball Python escape, could he have gotten out of the house?

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    Thank you! Honestly I think what has scared us is the open back door all day - but I just gotta hope that's not the case.

    It's quite late here, so I'm going to let the room be dark for a while, then I'm gonna try braining a defrosted rat and seeing if it lures him out - if he turns up I'll let you all know - but please do send any more advice or ideas
    Canít see a cold rat luring a Ball Python out

    Most of mine will only look at a moving , warmed up target Ö very few will bother with a cool , stationary food item


    I got my escapee back by putting a small fish tank on its side , on the floor , in the corner of the room .. I just put a bowl of water in and a small 7 watt heat mat underneath the tank

    I found it fast asleep over the heat mat nearly two WEEKS later !!

    Good luck anyways !!!!


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    Re: Ball Python escape, could he have gotten out of the house?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
    Canít see a cold rat luring a Ball Python out

    Most of mine will only look at a moving , warmed up target Ö very few will bother with a cool , stationary food item


    I got my escapee back by putting a small fish tank on its side , on the floor , in the corner of the room .. I just put a bowl of water in and a small 7 watt heat mat underneath the tank

    I found it fast asleep over the heat mat nearly two WEEKS later !!

    Good luck anyways !!!!


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    The snake was found a week ago.
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    Hi everyone I just wanted to update you all - we found him safe and sound. He had found a back passageway behind our kitchen sink, fridge, draws etc and was hiding behind a layer of insulation - he was cold but okay - i'm just gonna keep an eye on him and if he needs we'll take him to a vet.


    Thank you all so much for your help, the panic is now over!

    https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...=1#post2775406
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    Hi guys! Just a brief update - it's been a few weeks now and he's completely fine - no signs of illness & he's eating like normal. Now it's just my ongoing battle with his vivarium to keep the humidity levels right!

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