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How to become instantly awake... (215.6) - Mark's Journal
How to become instantly awake... (215.6)
Realize your pet snake is in your bedroom with you, and not in her tank as you'd reasonably assumed when you went to bed.

CharlieShe's safely back where she belongs. She was probably hungry, cold, and terrified. Or maybe it was mostly a grand adventure. :-) She obviously didn't want to be picked up, though, luckily, after i saw her vanish under the bed, she coiled up by the nightstand on the other side, in what must've felt like a nice corner. (Snakes like corners.) I got heavy oven mitts.

One of the corners of her tank cover wasn't quite securely taped down, I guess. It sure is now! This could've been much worse; she could've found a way into the walls, or into the basement, or found a corner I wouldn't have found her in until it was too late. Very lucky that she just headed down the hall and found some furniture to hide under where I'd hear her slithering around. My heart rate and adrenaline are still through the roof.
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jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 31st, 2011 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Maybe she was inspired by the tales of @bronxzoocobra

mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 31st, 2011 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)

belmikey From: belmikey Date: March 31st, 2011 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
+1111111 :-)
psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: March 31st, 2011 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
adelais From: adelais Date: March 31st, 2011 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Do yourself a favor and check these out: http://www.npicages.com/
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 31st, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks for the suggestion! But I'm at a bit of a loss as to where you'd put the heat pads and the basking lamp.
adelais From: adelais Date: March 31st, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
They come with ports (you used to be able to get them custom, even). Heating pad goes inside the cage with the cord going through an insert. Basking lamp goes on top over a screened cut-out.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 31st, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess you don't have to have your hearing tested! "I can hear a snake slither" is pretty high up there in ranking.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 31st, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'd heard rustling a couple of times. (My bedroom has lots of stuff sitting around. I'm sure this surprises everyone.) Figured maybe I had mice again, though on their first visit they'd mostly stuck to the kitchen. Decided I'd put a block or two of rodent poison in the room in the morning.

When I heard a rustle and looked down next to the bed to see Charlie's tail vanish underneath, I was instantly wide awake!
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: April 1st, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Midnight cravings

"I'm looking for the rest of that sub sandwich."
From: dblaser_ca Date: March 31st, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Charlie.. glad she's okay though!

Good hearing. :)
shelikespie From: shelikespie Date: April 1st, 2011 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was younger, I had a box turtle named Speedy. My dad forgot to put her back in her tank after a romp in the house and we "lost" her.

Hours later, Speedy was found hiding under a pillow, under my bed.
zercool From: zercool Date: April 3rd, 2011 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
It could have been far more interesting - you could have picked up Charlie to take her back to her cage and found her still sitting in the cage looking confused...
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: April 9th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

I remember that Kurt Vonnegut novel...
From: nijobite Date: April 9th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you heard what Rob Matts said about that?

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