Live snake in house--and I'm home alone!!

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  1. scholarteacher

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    I went home Friday and napped for about an hour. When I got up, I walked past the entry hall and noticed something on the floor. It was an 8 inch baby black snake, 15 feet from where I'd been sleeping! I live alone, so I was left to my own devices! I did the first thing I thought of--picked it up with paper towels and flushed it down the toilet. It started wiggling and thrashing around and sticking out its gross little tongue. I flushed every 5 minutes for 3 hours to make sure it was gone. But I'm totally freaked out! How would you have gotten rid of it--just in case it ever happens again!:eek:
     
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  3. MrsC

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    I would have put it outside.
     
  4. Shanoo

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    I would have just put it outside. I'm not sure about where you live, but here there are no venomous snakes or spiders. I certainly don't want them in my home, but they aren't harming anything outside.
     
  5. MissCeliaB

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    I would have put it out in the front yard. Those snakes help deal with other critters.

    Probably a snake wouldn't make it in my house or last long with my animals.
     
  6. lucybelle

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    Poor snakey :(

    I would have put him outside too. They don't do anything to humans.
     
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    I would have put him outside.
     
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    I probably would have shoo'ed him out the door.
     
  9. TennisPlayer

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    Animals like spiders etc go outside so they can live!
     
  10. mrachelle87

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    After I screamed and climbed on the couch...I would have calmed down and placed it outside or in the barn.
     
  11. czacza

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    My cat gets an occasional mouse...we throw it outside. I wouldn't flush a live animal.:huh:
     
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    Nothing like this has happened to me, thank God, but I would have probably gotten him to crawl into a box & carried it far away from me to let it go!
     
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    I'm a little upset that you flushed the snake too.

    I think I would've called animal control if I didn't know what kind of snake it was. Otherwise, I would have captured it in a box and taken it outside.
     
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    Yeah, animals tend to freak out when they know they're about to die.

    My thinking is, if it's harmless enough to pick up with a paper towel, why not just put it out the door?
     
  15. scholarteacher

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    Yeah, good answers. I think if I hadn't panicked, I would have thought to get a broom handle and escorted him to the woods behind my apartments. The only thing I could think of at the time was the fastest way to get rid of him!
     
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    Um, I would have screamed and run out of the house and refused to go back inside until it had been captured by Animal Control or a kindly, non-neurotic neighbor. But I'm not very rational when it comes to snakes.
     
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    I would have put it outside. Would not have touched it. I would have used a broom. Black snakes keep the venomous ones away, according to my grandpa at least.
     
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    I would have screamed, ran out the door and moved into the house down the street.
     
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    That would have been me!

    The last place I would have put it would have bee the toilet. There must have been a movie that I saw as a child about snakes coming up out of the toilet. That's a fear of mine. Irrational, I know.
     
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    I love snakes. I probably would have brought it to school for a pet!

    Don't feel so bad about flushing it. Once it got to the end of the system it would have been flushed into open areas and could have crawled out.
     
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    About 3 weeks ago my dd called me at 11:30 p.m. saying there was a snake in her window blinds... she is 3 hours away, so there was not much I could do. It must have crawled out the way in came in, because while we were on the phone, it disappeared behind the blinds, and was gone. She discovered a good size hole in part of the window, where the pieces didn't meet, so that is probably how it got in and then out again. Needless to say, the hole is now plugged, but it took her awhile to get up the courage to sleep in her bedroom again!
     
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    I am afraid I read this post this morning but had to calm down before posting. I don't understand why anyone would let an animal drown to death. Taking it outside (or even killing it quickly) would be the better thing to do. I know many people don't feel this way, but we own 7, so that influences my answer.
     
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    Not flushed it. I know that. :(
     
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    I would not have flushed it. I would have done what many others here have already said. But this is from a person who at about 12yrs. caught a garter snake and put it in a coffee can. I then brought the can into the house. Little did I know but I had made the holes in the lid too big. THe snake got out and was in the stove when my mom (who was a single mom) got home from work. I tried everything to get her not to turn the stove on because I knew I would be in trouble for the snake being in the stove. Well it did not work, she turned on the stove and the little snake came up just like in the movies when they come out of the basket. Mom screamed and grabbed a wooden spoon and knocked the snake to the floor. THen the dog tried to catch it. My brother got the dog and we caught the snake and put it back outside. I was grounded for the longest time!
     
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    I live in the country where we see snakes outside often. I'm terrified of them and avoid them at all costs. Generally if people see a poisonous one in their yard around here, they chop it's head off with a hoe. Same goes for black snakes most of the time if they are large. Especially if people have kids, pets, etc. that play in the yard.
     
  26. ChristyF

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    I certainly won't shame you for what you did. It's not what I would have done, but it worked for you. (To be fair, though, if it had been a roach I would have drowned it with Raid, flattened it with something large which would have been thrown away - then I would have covered it with a paper towel,swept it up, put it in a bag, tied the bag, and taken the bag outside.) If you don't want to touch the snake, cover it with a bowl and call someone to come get him. Hopefully you never have to deal with it again, though! :hugs:
     
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    I would have killed it with anything I could find.
     
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    The thing is people have no idea what a poisonous snake looks like and how to tell the difference between a harmless garden snake and a copperhead. I hate that people kill snakes. My mom's husband got bit by a copperhead last year but I know for a fact neither of them would ever kill a snake. Even after the incident. If they found a poisonous one they would call the proper people to come take care of it.
     
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    I grew up in a backwoods area of TN (real country like, y'all) so we ended up with all kinds of critters in our house. Sometimes they were cute-- one time we had a family of flying squirrels living in our attic! Other times... we had snakes. My dad always picked them up with something like a shovel and threw them back into the wilderness.
     

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