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Posted by vvvddd on October 07, 2002 at 19:40:13:
Sunday, Sept. 29, I got a hatchling Black Milksnake and a hatchling Cal King. Got them home and set up in Rubbermaid's new square box with the latch on the front and put a book on top of each. Worked great for a while...
The Friday night after, I noticed the cal king had escaped from his box, so I started searching and turned up the Black Milk, which had also escaped. Didn't find the king, even after hours of searching. I then set up the milk in my rack, with a different rubbermaid that I had to stick newspaper under to make it flush with the shelf above. Its worked for my sonoran gophers, so I figured it would work here as well.
Sunday morning I look for the king, still no sign, so I go ahead and do laundry (I keep my basket on the floor, but had set it on boxes after going through it all looking). While the laundry is washing, I check on the milk, only to find an empty box. Again, I search everywhere, but no dice. Then, after the clothes were dry, I opened the dryer and out fell my black milk, dead as can be.
God I was furious. I was so mad at myself that I couldn't see straight until my friends reasoned with me that it wasn't my fault and that I didn't know it was loose. Still no sign of the king.
Now, sunday night I was showing some friends my collection and lamenting my loss when one of them says, 'hey your king is right there' and pointed at the baseboard. I dove for him and of course he musked all over and gave me a nip. But he was alive, and unhurt. He ate minutes after capture and then was put in a new, much more secure rubbermaid (with 4 4-pound dive weights on the lid, if he can lift that he deserves freedom).
Now I'm considering replacing my little innocent black milk. I'm just glad it wasn't one of my other critters that I've had for longer.