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baby snake in house
Posted by kathleen on May 1, 2005, 10:32 pm
We found a baby snake in one of our upstairs bedrooms tonight. After looking at many pictures of snakes on the internet, I think it is a milk snake, as it has orange crossbands, bordered in black. Int between the corssbands it is white. There is a marking on its head -- two black V's facing each other to form almost a diamond shape. It is very small -- only about 5" long and very skinny. We live in Massachusetts, about 26 miles west of Boston. Isn't this a bit early for baby milk snakes to be hatching in Massachusetts? I thought they hatched in late summer. Also, how and why would a snake be upstairs ni our house? Don't they like cool, dark places? We just got back from Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and have been unpacking suitcases upstairs. Could the snake or snake egg have come home with us in a suitcase? I am worried there are more snakes in the house. My daughter can't sleep. We have lived here for over 20 years and have never had a snake in the house. How can I be sure to get rid of them?
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