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Last week was home alone and saw a black/greyish snake entering my bedroom. Ive done some research on it and i think its a king snake. I live in MS. MY QUESTION IS: what is your opinion of this type snake? All i seen was the color, and it was ab 3-4 ft long. We cant find it anywhere and i have kids so should i b freaking out??? Help

There are a number of black and gray snakes that could be native or invasive to your area, my top guesses are a cotton mouth, black racer, banded water snake or yes someones pet kingsnake. Off color you wont be able to identify the snake, a picture or a detailed description of its color pattern and head and pupil shape are the only real ways to tell what it is. You can look all day and may never find it, I don't want or mean to scare you but they hide anywhere. I have a 10 foot retic female that will hide under the couch cushions and you would never know she was there.

Since there is a very high possibility of it being a venomous snake due to where you live, I would call and have someone see if they cant find it, odds are they wont find it and it will either leave on its own or turn up one day, but its worth a shot.

For now watch any damp and warm areas, don't stand to close to the bottom of the stove or fridge, look good before you reach into cabinets or drawers, watch the laundry room especially. If ever I have a kingsnake escape its bin I typically find it lodged inside my washing machine.  


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I can answer any and all questions about snakes, whether its how to pick the right snake for your needs and wants, eating and temperature issues, health problems ( I can not give a diagnosis or make up for vetrinary treatment but can give options on what to do). I can also answer any questions on breeding snakes, what it entitles, what you can expect, I know quite a bit about any products for snakes and their husbandry.


I currently keep over 150 snakes, I keep everything from ball pyhtons, to retics to green tree pythons. I have been around them my whole life due to a family interest in breeding them. I have researched, purchased, and delt with just about every snake, product and issue you can run into.

Although I do not have a degree in herpatology, I have been around snakes my whole life and through books, research and life I know alot about them.

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