Snakes are very beautiful and fascinating to watch, and can make great pets. However, some snakes are extremely talented escape artists! Many snake owners have come home to find their pet’s cage is empty. While we hope this never happens to any of our clients, we do want to offer a few pointers, just in case. Read on as a Scottsdale, AZ vet offers advice on what to do if your pet snake ever escapes.

Quick Check

Most of the time, escaped snakes are found inside their owners’ homes. That’s the good news. The bad news? You may have to do quite a bit of searching to track down your runaway. Start by checking around and behind your pet’s enclosure. Next, search along your baseboards.


No luck? It’s time to start a more intense search. Check in and under all of your furnishings, including mattresses and box springs. Look inside boots, shoes, boxes, bags, and cupboards. You’ll also want to inspect your wastebaskets and closets, as well as your sofas, chairs, and bookcases. Next, get a flashlight, and look behind, beneath, and inside your furniture and appliances.


Check around and under doors and windows, and see if there are any gaps that your snake could have slipped through. If there’s a chance that your pet got outdoors, thoroughly search around the outside of the house, including your garage, and then use duct tape to seal any holes.


Still no snake? It may be time for more advanced tactics. Get something crinkly, like plastic grocery bags. Set several of them in different rooms, especially along your walls. Then, turn off all lights and electronics, and wait. It could take a while for your snake to decide to move, but when he does, you’ll hear him. Another thing you can do is spread a thin layer of cornstarch at the door of each room. If you see tracks in the morning, you’ll know your pet is still inside the home.


When it comes to pet care, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. Take time now to make sure your snake’s enclosure is both safe and secure! This could save you quite a bit of time and effort in the long run.

Do you have questions about snake care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, anytime!