I have had my first escape. Sometime overnight a friend who is generally very careful and 'snake savvy' left the door to my Boaphile sweater rack one trifle ajar and my wonderful Freddy the amel Emorii Rat, who I've handtamed, and who cost more money than all my snakes combined, made his way who knows where. He ate from my hand and I never thought I'd cry over a snake. My friend feels awful. I'll try all the conventional 'methods of recovery' but he got loose in a bathroom full of closets, towels, floor radiator grilles with holes to the cellar, pipes, and I think I have a better chance of seeing Dillinger in his lifetime than I ever have of seeing my Freddy again. Not my Freddy NOW.
An unpleasant initiation.
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I have had my first escape.

Oh, bummer, Barbara! I'm really sorry. Here's a KICK for your friend's butt!
Cindy
Don't worry, they turn up, they always do.
Kurt Kunze
IPMS/USA Patriot
New England Herpetological Society
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Dr. Barbara Horwitz (Email Removed) blurted:
I have had my first escape.

Well bummer Emotion: sad
and who cost more money than all my snakes combined,

That is one of Murphy's laws, I believe... just as your cheapest fish will eat all those more expensive and beautiful than himself.
bathroom full of closets, towels, floor radiator grilles with holes to the cellar, pipes,

Well, based on that I'd go with rigging up something to attract him. Nothing will happen for the first few days, of course, but I bet he will turn up again. Have you seen Melissa Kaplan's guide to finding escaped snakes?

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I have had my first escape.

I'm sorry to hear about this Dr. Barbara, maybe when he gets hungry he'll turn up wanting his usual mouse dinner..I really hope so. :-)

Bill,
Madness takes it's toll Please have exact change.
Do not give up hope. Lost snakes almost always turn up later. Chances are, you'll find him in a month or so, curled up snugly under something you just moved. He'll look up, sort of suprized and bewildered, flicking his tongue as if to say "what took you so long" or perhaps just "where's my mouse?".
Luke
I have had my first escape.

I hope he turns up safe and well Emotion: smile
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
Don't worry, they turn up, they always do. Kurt Kunze

Yep, the only animal I've not found again was a leopard gecko, that eventually showed up, but too far gone to bring back. It was nearly 8 months before she showed up again, and she died shortly after i began feeding her again.
Usually I don't find them by looking, they usually find me, and boy do they have surprised looks on their faces ! People don't think reptiles show any emotion, but I swear every time I've walked in on an escaped animal, they get this surprised look on their faces that cracks me up.

Good luck,
Ryan
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Usually I don't find them by looking, they usually find me, and boy do they have surprised looks on their ... time I've walked in on an escaped animal, they get this surprised look on their faces that cracks me up.

Agreed! I love that shocked snake look, its right up there with perky face (preceeding a strike or bite attempt).
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