How do you get a snake out of your car?
Really. This happened to me. Thank goodness for some menfolk who worked really hard to beat it out. But...there's gotta be a better way!
I'd keep a badger on hand for the occasion.
In all seriousness, I have no clue how I'd do it. I'm in Vermont so I never thought about snakes, scorpions, etc. That must have been an experience.
Close the windows and park the car in direct sunlight - if the temperature outside is above 80 degrees the car will heat up very quickly and the snake being cold blooded will heat up and become very active and aggravated - he will look for a way out of the heat and when you see him moving around open the door nearest him, he'll crawl out! But don't leave the car unattended because a couple hours in that heat inside the car could kill the snake.
I must advise against tsadjatko's advice on this subject. Many snakes are not able to escape the maze of a car's insides fast enough when in direct sunlight, nor are they wise enough to realize that any dropping temperatures means they must find a warm blanket and a nice fireplace. Many snakes will die in a car because they simply cannot find a way out. And then you have a huge smell on your hands... You can only expect so much from an animal.
I have heard two success stories of owners with lost snakes in cars who recovered their lost pets by placing a small cardboard box (big enough to house the snake, but small enough so that it would be a cozy fit) on the floor of the car right before you go to bed. The box would have a hole cut into the side large enough for the snake to enter, and a warm, thawed mouse would be placed either nearby or sometimes inside the box. This setup is intended to cater to a snake's night-time activities and their superior sense of smell.
The idea is that during the darkness and quietness of the night, the snake may be coaxed into exploring its surrounding, and may become enticed by the smell of food. After consumption, snakes seek a small, dark space (like a box) to curl up in and hide until digestion is finished. Again, I have known this to work twice in the past.
i also have this question. Walked out to my car to get some groceries, and bam, a snake somehow got under a box of produce. Poked it out soon enough, but it crawled under a chair or something and could never find it, help me
I agree with the comment about leaving all the windows up. It really seems like the best option. I am sorry I can not be of any help, but if this ever happens to me, then at least I will know what to do.
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