Turn­ing a scaly sit­u­a­tion around

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Find­ing an un­in­vited, scaly guest in your house can be dis­tress­ing, but it’s pos­si­ble to get the snake out with­out harm­ing her or your­self. For the safety of both hu­man and rep­tile, take the fol­low­ing steps:

• Stay calm and avoid scar­ing the snake into hid­ing, as this will make it harder to re­move her from your home.

Keep chil­dren and pets away from the area.

• Open the near­est door and gen­tly guide the snake out with a broom from a safe dis­tance, ac­cord­ing to Wildlife Re­moval USA.

• If you’re deal­ing with a small or coiled snake and it’s not pos­si­ble to sweep her out, place a bucket or bin over her care­fully, weigh it down, and poke air holes in the con­tainer, as ad­vised by The Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States (HSUS). Call the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) for as­sis­tance with re­leas­ing her back into the wild.

• If the snake is in hid­ing, you can try lur­ing her out by plac­ing a heat­ing pad or a pile of burlap or other fab­ric on the floor, as snakes like warm and dark places.

• If you aren’t scared of snakes and know for a fact that the one you’re deal­ing with isn’t ven­omous, you can put on some thick gloves, pick up the snake gen­tly, and move her out­side, ac­cord­ing to the HSUS. You can also cover the snake with a large towel or blan­ket, scoop her into a pil­low­case, then take her out­side, ac­cord­ing to Snake-re­moval.com. Only do this if you’re sure nei­ther you nor the snake will be harmed.

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