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"Nuwa Is Not In Her Tank...."

Posted by Rene' at 12/5/2011 7:42:54 AM



"...and I can't find her."

Those are words I never EVER want to hear again. At 5:30 this morning, those are the words that brought me out of a dead sleep and had me frantically tearing apart my house. (And on the verge of a heart attack!!!) It was like the hubby had said, "Rene', K isn't in her bed and I can't find her."

Hubby tore apart the couch while I moved stuff around and K went through anything Nuwa might have squeezed into. As I was moving the stand that the mouse tank sits on, I noticed a dead mouse in the tank. I was thinking *phew* she's gotten into the mouse tank and had a snack and is under their hide because none of the mice would go near it. I took out each mouse (counting as I went) and realized 2 were missing not including the dead one. Yea, well, Nuwa wasn't in the mouse tank, but she did have a snack before moving on. *headdesk*

I just happened to look at the curatin rod right above the mouse tank and noticed a couple of shavings stuck to the curtain. The curtain rod runs to a shelf that sits over the couch, on which all of Nuwa's stuff sits. Her feeding tub, her old feeding tub, various hides and other stuff. Asked hubby for the flashlight and lo and behold, there was an alien head looking back at me out of one of the new hides, that Nuwa had refused to use. (BIG deep sigh of relief.)

So JB was late for work, Kinsley almost missed the school bus and I thought I was gonna be making a trip to the nearest emergency room, but Nuwa is fine and back in her nice, warm enclosure, all fat and happy. (As happy as a snake can be anyways.)

My tip for the day:

Make SURE all the locks on your snake's enclosure top are securely fastened. One loose lock is all it takes for major panic to ensue.

I'm OCD, so I always check behind myself when I put her back in her tank, I can't NOT check behind myself, but hubby put her up last night and one of the slide locks didn't get pushed in all the way and I didn't check behind him. As for her getting into and out of the mouse tank, I'm still not exactly sure HOW she managed that one.

All I can say is I just got damn lucky that I found her fairly easily. I've heard and read way to many stories of people not finding their escapee for weeks or months. That's something I don't EVER want to have to go through again. I wonder if it is to early for coffee with a heavy dose of whiskey in it?





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Tiki108,
Posted At: 12/5/2011 8:14:40 AM  

Just a pet peeve of mine, but when you say you're OCD you realize what you've said makes no grammatical sense, you've said, "I'm Obsessive Compulsive Disorder."  Sorry, I'm a psych major so if you had OCD you would be checking that cage probably 100 times until it felt right otherwise your anxiety would be through the roof.  It's normal to double check, but OCD is far from a simple double check or thinking did I lock the door, and going and checking.  No with OCD you would be checking the door until it felt right.  I know it seems silly, but I've known people with this disorder and to me it's not something that should be taken lightly and far too many people do.  If you honestly think you have this disorder you need to get treatment, in case you are interested, this is how the DSM-IV-TR defines OCD: http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/o-cd.htm


On a lighter note, I'm glad you found Nuwa, I sometimes wish I was as attached to my herps, but most of them I'm not that attached to since I run a business I can't get attached.  I do have a few that if they got out I would burst into tears, in fact when Takala escaped I think I did.



Joe Farah,
Posted At: 12/5/2011 12:14:37 PM  

Tiki that first paragraph of yours made me laugh.



Amanda ,
Posted At: 12/5/2011 1:10:05 PM  

Glad I'm not the only one who found it amusing :) <3



SapphireTigress,
Posted At: 12/5/2011 1:16:37 PM  

awww i freak out every time one of my sands get loose, i know i'll find my fatty bp but the kenyans are just so small. I get so worried i'll step on them or something. I feel like i've failed them when they get out, and then i am SOOOO happy when I find them!


I am SOO happy you found her! and lol at her eating the mice :) talk about fast food!



briannalee,
Posted At: 12/5/2011 11:54:00 PM  

I know I would be flipping out! I guess we do not have OCD, I believe we are just anal. That is a much more fun word! LOL I check my tanks constantly, change my water if even a speck of anything gets in it, check over my babies entire bodies daily, adjust humidity even if its 5 % off, I TRIPLE check locks before we go to bed, and CONSTANTLY check on them just because. But my house is also so clean that it looks like no one lives here because I hate a mess. Would we be called anal or perfectionists? Or just super cautious? Either way, I think they are excellent traits. :)



Lisa ,
Posted At: 12/6/2011 10:50:19 AM  

Been there, done that!  I understand.  I found Jax that quick also, and glad I did, I really could not have afforded missing work.  I know when you use the word OCD, you don't mean it in its true definition.  Just a word used to express "I am overly careful sometimes....I am to when it comes to my snakes because I know how sneeky, slick and sly they can be.  I do not underestimate them even in the smallest way anymore!  I check on them first thing when I get up and again before I leave.  I love my babies!  That is why I don't want more snakes than I can give daily attention to, real, interactive attention.  LOL  Sunday Jax "hung out with me for about 6 hrs.  Just stayed on my shoulders or around my neck.  My kids call me OCD because I can not stand a mess. If I spot a speck of fuzz or even a crumb, I will get up and pick it up and put it in the trash.  OCD, no, just don't like stuff on the floor and can't tolerate messy.  To them, I am over the top with it....lol    I am very happy you found her!!!!



briannalee,
Posted At: 12/7/2011 7:10:08 PM  

I love when they hang out like that . Mine do it all the time.


  
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