a reply to: ketsuko
I thought I responded to this, but I guess I never hit post?
Anyway, yeah, kiddo's already subbed to Emily there, she's one of her favorite resources. I was describing the video to her in pretty simple & vague
terms, "A blonde girl in a video I saw showed a lot of the things you're doing. Although, she also said she once lost a snake for 6 mo---" "OH! That's
Emily, Snake Discovery is great, I subbed on dad's account way back." Lol, I guess I should check hubby's subs once in a while, since it's the primary
YT account we use for the TV anyway XD
And to update a week in, the Legless Bandit is still on the loose. We HAVE noticed a distinct sharp drop in our late spring/early summer household bug
populations. Tree ants occasionally, but mostly house spiders like the brown house spider, daddy long legs & once in a while, jumping spiders. The
"northern standards", if you will. Those small populations that evaded the spring Ortho application I did a few months bacl suddenly poofed, and I'm
pretty sure Sherry's eating them.
The kid worked her ass
off booby-trapping her bedroom. She's got long paper towel tubes & some with TP tube extensions, worked up into
essentially funnel traps (that's genius, seriously) The snake has a serious obsession with the scent of bacon and usually goes ape in her habitat when
we cook it. So we've been letting the older kid cook up a few slices of bacon to munch on (that kid, 13, thought she hit paydirt with that deal) The
younger snake-owning kid has been dipping a bit of paper towel in the grease, and putting it in the tube enclosed for a while, and set up to allow the
odor to permeate and hopefully lure her in them. When she's ready to set them out, she just tosses the paper towel out. She folds the dry part around
the dipped end just so that grease doesn't soak the tube.
It's worked to a point, in that the snake has definitely gone to investigate and subsequently knocked the tubes around circling/climbing on them. But
not going in them yet, damn thing is too smart for her own good.
We have the habitat on it's side on her bedroom flood set up normally like usual. We're hoping it lures her into either the bedding to tunnel, or into
her humidity box to have a sauna session. She's DEFINITELY been doing both, just not when we're around (or not awake) apparently. I do hourly snake
check rounds (just a quick peak in rooms to see if anything was moved, or maybe get lucky and see her) She waits until everyone's either out of the
room during the day or asleep at night like now to go for a jaunt in the humidity box. She keeps it just brief enough for me to miss her by the next
check. EVERY. TIME. Wherever the hell this snake is holed up in that bedroom that we cannot find, she has clear sight of us and works it to her
She's also checked out, but not entered, the slew of small boxes/cave structures the kid built, and has knocked over stuffed animals (snek likes soft
She's also smart enough to avoid all the plastic noise traps entirely. THAT makes this way harder, because now I'm not hearing random rustles and
running off to check everything within earshot. It's probably going to boil down to just randomly crossing paths, whenever the snake feels like it I
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