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: I found a tiny snake inside the back door
: of our house in South Central PA. It is
: about 9" long, but smaller around
: than a regular pencil. I think from
: looking on the internet that it is a
: milk snake. I want to keep it, but my
: Mom wants to release it. My question
: is, Is it to cold outside to let it go
: now, and where should I put it if I
: release it? We have a barn next door,
: but it is about 1/4 mile away from our
It might be too cold outside in your area. Keeping a Milk Snake can be a bit of a job, as you have to feed it small (newborn) mice, about 3 or 4 a week. It might eat what the pet trade calls "small fuzzy" mice. Most pet shops will sell you small mice, and some will sell them frozen; you have to thaw them to room temp first of course.
Milks make fair pets, but can be nippy.
Good luck, whichever way you go.
The Appalachian Naturalist