There is nothing shy about her at all, I can touch her head, poke at her eyes, whatever. Its obvious she has been handled a lot. She is probably the most laid back snake I've ever seen. She does have some good alien heads going on & will be gorgeous when she sheds all that dull scratched up skin.
I have no idea how to find her owner. I posted on a local facebook yard sale group but no one is commenting , sharing or cross posting. Guess most people only care about lost pets when they are cute & furry. Oh well, the pet store knows I have her and I'll contact the local vets tomorrow just in case.
I should probably go door to door but I don't really want too. Reptiles only escape when owner don't provide secure housing, I feel like I'm doing enough. If her owners are looking for her, they need to put up fliers and get the word out.
I still think someone probably let her loose, balls are so common around here you can hardly give them away.
Oh, Obsidian, she's gorgeous! She must have known you'd take good care of her when she found your house. My hubby would be overjoyed if a python moved in as he's crazy about all reptiles. Here's a pic of the little guy I found in my living room yesterday. He's a King Snake and 2 of my cats were trying to get him to play, lol. He's now out in my courtyard and will hopefully grow up to keep the rattlers away (I had one in the garage a few days ago).
nice. I have a spotted python that I have had since she was a baby. She is about 10 now. Sadly for me though she can be one cranky snakey. She doesn't like being handled too much and tends to bite first then settles down. She has always been like that even though she gets daily handling Still a cool pet that I wouldnt trade for anything
Dill, one thing you might try (and don't laugh) is finding a very clear plastic container or a glass one your hand fits into. Put hand in, reach for snake while keeping container on hand without dropping it on snake (think vase or pitcher sized, curved vase is great because you can make a fist and keep it on your hand). When she strikes, she'll bump her snout.... might take a few tries but should slow down the snappiness. Or find some of those gloves you wear when slicing tomatoes, cover with a tight weave fabric glove if its metal mesh, reach for snake.
I have a dumeril's that doesn't get handled enough (my fault) so when the cage opens he figures its FOOD TIME and gets snappy. Even though food time gets proceeded with knocks on the cage (shave and a hair cut), he's not as smart as my ball that had it figured out-knocks=food, no knock=cage cleaning. If I need to handle him, I do the hand in a vase trick. Now I'm down to one or two strikes out of 10 handle attempts . Had a snappy corn snake that I used to just set a piece of plexiglass on top of to get in the tank. By the time he came out from under the plexi he forgot about biting or I had already grabbed his water dish and changed it. He didn't get to stay around long....big and bitey I can work with, small and snappy is unnerving LOL.
You may want to consider some sort of wakeup/warning system like the knocks on the tank...maybe yours is cranky because she was asleep?
My last rescue ball was really bitey and nothing seemed to help, luckily I was able to place her with a experienced keeper. I'm a bit of a wuss about biting snakes, I don't like them and don't want to keep them. I got tagged by a tree boa once and it made me really jumpy about getting bit.
I'm having a bit of a problem with the new girl, I can't get her to eat. Tried f/t and live, she has no interest. I know its common for balls to go off food but I've not experienced it before. I'll try once a week or so, hopefully she is just getting settled in.
Obsidian-I actually ended up locking mine in with a mouse at first to get her to eat (not live!). Had one of those igloo shaped hiding things she stayed in. Put the mouse in there, turned the opening to the wall, put a brick on top. Next morning, no mouse! I've read about people putting them in paper bags with their food (in the cage) too....just folding the paper bag end closed a few times. Gives them no distractions and they can't overlook the mouse. Worth a shot?
Obsidian now dont laugh at this but have you tried rubbing some fish on the mouse? A friend of mine had to rub fish on the mouse in order to get his snake to eat. Strange but it works. My snake didnt eat once for a little over 2 years. She just didnt want anything offered to her.
Really lucky the people found her where good people, many would have just killed her for being a snake.
No, I haven't tried fish or any of the other tricks yet. I'm going to hold off for awhile, she is a good body weight and can go a good long time without food. Its very possible she is getting ready to shed. She isn't going blue yet but she is really, really dull and very inactive.