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Post  gatsu7 on Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:43 am

My wild-caught speckled king has found her way out of a cage that appears to be secure. It was one of my new sliding door cages. The doors were shut tightly, and the screen top was clamped very firmly. I even tried bending the top up to the width of the snake and I couldn't do it. I'm pretty sure that I'm stronger than that little 2' kingsnake, and I can't for the life of me figure out how she did it. The same thing happened with my prairie king a while back, but from a different kind of cage, and she was not alive when we finally found her, months later.
I have already ripped the house apart looking for this one, as I did with the prairie, and she isn't anywhere visible to me. The prairie somehow found her way inside the walls, and I assume that is what this one will do as well.
On the slim chance that she comes out and I find here anytime soon, she will be free to a good home. I am never getting another kingsnake or wild-caught reptile. The wild-caught reptiles just never seem to get used to captivity and constantly seem to be trying to escape. My captive-born stuff is perfectly content hanging out in their cages and being handled. Neither of those wild-caught kingsnakes ever calmed down, and they constantly tried to escape.

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Post  Snakeman on Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:59 am

Michael,

I'm really sorry to hear that.

I hope you find her........alive.

Compared to captive bred, WC herps do have their problems.

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Post  Paul White on Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:40 am

Don't swear off kings Smile Just get a CBB one next time.

Good luck finding her, alive and well.

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Post  gatsu7 on Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:29 am

Paul White wrote:Don't swear off kings Smile Just get a CBB one next time.

Good luck finding her, alive and well.

I kind of already said I wasn't going to get kings anymore before this even happened. I just like the rat snake, pituophis and boid personalities better. I know each snake is different, but I have not had good experiences with kings.

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Post  okie alice on Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:56 am

It's very frustrating and worrisome when a critter escapes. Sorry about that.
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Post  Chu'Wuti on Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:38 pm

Don't give up hope too fast! They hear you coming and keep on the move, you know. Good luck!

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Post  gatsu7 on Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:59 pm

Found her tonight, and she is still in good health. A little dehydrated, but a good soak and drink in her water dish will take care of that. I have her temporarilly double-caged, since she is such a little escape artist. We were really happy to find her alive and well.

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HOORAY!

Post  Chu'Wuti on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:19 am

So glad you found her, Michael! Where was she hiding? Double-caging sounds like a good plan with this one! I'd love to see a picture of her sometime--speckled king snakes are one of my favorites! We used to have a speckled king, long years ago . . .

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Post  gatsu7 on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:25 am

Chu'Wuti wrote:So glad you found her, Michael! Where was she hiding? Double-caging sounds like a good plan with this one! I'd love to see a picture of her sometime--speckled king snakes are one of my favorites! We used to have a speckled king, long years ago . . .

She has always liked to soak in her water dish, so I put her dish down on a towel on the floor in the herp room. I've been checking it daily, and yesterday, I found her just sitting on the towel. She saw me, looked up at me, and just sat there and let me pick her up. She even ate a mouse for me last night.

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WOW!

Post  Chu'Wuti on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:44 am

I'm impressed! I thought you said she was WC; sure doesn't sound like it with that kind of behavior!

Smart tactic you used to get her to come out of hiding!

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