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Old 09-21-2009, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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The idea of a snake loose in the house really creeps me out.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The idea of a snake loose in the house really creeps me out.
Me too Fat Freddy - but my creep factor is because I don't 'choose' to house snakes as pets.....my son and daughter-in-law thought nothing of this - except to be worried their 'pet' was loose without proper food/heat........

It truly takes all kinds
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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To the OP: glad your DD's friend was OK with it and that they had a good time. Now, hope you find the snake!
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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What size will this Python eventually attain; many large Pythons have been released by pet owners here and now they are taking over the Everglades.

A wild Python killed one person here and one (8 FOOT) house pet, killed a little girl here 3 months ago when it escaped. I pray you find your snake and that it has attained it's maximum size already.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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What size will this Python eventually attain; many large Pythons have been released by pet owners here and now they are taking over the Everglades.

A wild Python killed one person here and one (8 FOOT) house pet, killed a little girl here 3 months ago when it escaped. I pray you find your snake and that it has attained it's maximum size already.
Ball pythons get their name since they 'ball up' if spooked; trust me, they are more scared of us humans than the other way around

Ball Pythons, a Troubleshooting Guide to

Balls may hit 4 feet tops in length.
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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UPDATE!!!

We found the missing snake on Saturday!! My son was getting a shirt out of his dresser drawer and says "Mom, I found the snake!". Well he likes to play tricks alot, so I didn't really believe him until I went and looked, and sure enough, there he was curled up in the dresser drawer! I had looked there several times in the past week, but he wasn't there then.

We got him back in his cage and I think he spent a half hour drinking! He probably didn't have any water for over a week!

Thanks to everyone for your help!!
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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Glad you found him. Ours was also very thirsty when we found him, hungry too.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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I had a Eastern Milksnake get out early this summer and haven't had a sighting of him since, long gone I presume . Good thing about Ball Pythons is they never travel far!
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Glad you found the snake, OP! They LOVE to hide in/behind dressers, it seems... I belong to a Ball Python forum, and the member's lost snakes almost always turn up in dressers, bookshelves, and empty boxes. One of mine escaped twice before I went to a rack/tub system, and the first time we found her squeezed behind the dresser (wrapped in some wires). The second time she managed to get on top of a 6-7' bookshelf, and was looking down on us like "Suckers! Thought I couldn't climb, huh?"

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Old 10-11-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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What size will this Python eventually attain; many large Pythons have been released by pet owners here and now they are taking over the Everglades.

A wild Python killed one person here and one (8 FOOT) house pet, killed a little girl here 3 months ago when it escaped. I pray you find your snake and that it has attained it's maximum size already.
Already been said, but I'll say it again... although next time it wouldn't hurt to use Google, and just look up "Ball Python" if you're curious.

A Ball Python usually reaches a length of 4-6 feet, and are considered to be of medium girth. Nothing like the giant pythons you hear about on the news, which are often Burms & Retics that can grow to over 20ft. Even those are usually docile, gentle creatures, and human deaths are extremely rare - and usually the fault of their keeper for underfeeding, improper handling techniques, and/or unsecured habitats. But you know the media, always trying to make a sensation out of isolated incidents. How many children have been hurt or killed by dogs this year? I have a dog myself, and would trust my biggest snake before my dog with a strange child.

P.S. That python who killed the child in Florida wasn't "wild," it was a domesticated (and probably captive-bred) Burmese Python. And it was actually 12ft long, which is on the smaller side for a Burm. Based on what know about snake behavior & feeding, this snake was probably trying to grip the child for security, as mine do to me quite often, or it was severely underfed. Either way, any responsible keeper would have a snake that size in locked housing, and of course wouldn't give it a chance to be alone with a toddler. Just like with Pit Bulls, the owners are to blame - not the animals.

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