I live in an apartment on the second floor. I have found small oval eggs in the windows, and upon packing to move, have found what appears to be snake skins (shed, dead, dried up). I have also heard what sounds like snakes moving around the boxes that were packed.
I, of course, have not seen any snakes. What type of snake might this be? We are in Miami, Florida and there are never any windows or doors left open.
By Vada from Miami, FL
The best way to get snakes out of your house is to leave the snake alone, then get away from the snake and call someone who knows how to identify, catch, and handle snakes. Usually they can be found by doing a search for state wildlife, reptiles or reptile farms, herpetologists or zoos. If you try to kill the snake and miss, a snake can move at 30 MPH and can outrun a human or a pet and all snakes can bite. How do you keep snakes away? Get rid of their food supply, usually mice/rats, frogs, lizards, and insects etc., so it is almost impossible to do and even doing it this way it can take several months to work.
Cats catch mice/rats/birds etc. but sometimes they like to bring their dinner home instead of eating it. Sticky traps only make it harder to remove a snake because the trap sticks to everything else too. Have-a-heart traps are great for mice/rats etc. but they won't work with snakes. In most states you have to have a license to keep a poisonous snake and have to build a special cage to keep a poisonous snake in first. If you find a snake skin in your house most likely you either have or had a snake in your house at some point in time. And if you don't know how to catch a snake, call or contact someone that does.
A lot of people keep and sometimes breed snakes as a hobby. But it could still be a wild snake that got in the house somehow. I found a snake skin under a bath tub and later I found the snake outside. (04/04/2010)
It's a black racer and harmless, don't worry. Just common in Florida, but you probably want to get your dad to look for it where you hear it, then let it go. It's the best way. WARNING: They still have teeth. (04/20/2010)
How large are the eggs? Have you considered that it may be a common green lizard? They lay eggs and really like to leave them in houseplants or windows that are sunny. Lizard eggs are usually about the size of a small jelly bean. Good Luck! (04/23/2010)
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