Surprise! You Have a House Guest

30 Jan

Imagine walking down into your Michigan basement where you are finally putting away the last of the Christmas decorations and you see something move out of the corner of your eye. You go to investigate and lo’ and behold its a snake! Your first thought is to scream and run for the stairs, but your second thought is what in the heck are you going to do with this snake?

Don’t worry! Finding snakes in your basement is actually a common occurrence during winter in Michigan. During winter, snakes will hunker down to ride out the cold months. During this time snakes rely on  resources that they have stored over the past year as their metabolism slows down. The right hibernacula (the winter quarters of a hibernating animal) provides protection from freezing temperatures and predators while allowing access to air and moisture and your basement happens to make a nice toasty winter home!

So what should you do if you find a snake in your basement? If you aren’t too thrilled about it in your home you can give us a call and we will gladly let it overwinter with us.

On 01/27/12 a Milk Snake was found in a Grand Rapids basement and was then taken to us for care. It will spend the rest of the winter with us where it will be kept nice and warm. You can watch a video of our newest addition here.

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