So, you've found yourself in a bit of a predicament. Your beloved reptile has managed to escape its enclosure and is now on the loose. Don't panic! With a calm and methodical approach, you can safely catch your escaped reptile and bring it back home.
Create a Safe Space
Take a moment to assess the situation. Is your reptile in a confined space or is it free to roam around? This will determine the urgency and approach you need to take. If it's in a closed room, move on to the next step. If it's larger open space (i.e. a living room) secure the area to prevent it from escaping further.
Reptiles are generally drawn to warm and dark places. Set up a safe space for your reptile to encourage it to come out of hiding. Place a heat source, such as a heat lamp or heating pad, in a secure area with some of its favorite hiding spots. This will entice your reptile to seek warmth and increase the chances of capturing it. Also, you may place some of its favorite treats or live prey in a secure container or trap. Make sure the container has ventilation and is escape-proof. Position it near the safe space you created. Lastly, place some flour on the floor in a couple of areas where you may assume your pet may be. If your pet passes these areas, it will create tracks which will help you locate your missing animal.
Catching an escaped reptile requires patience and keen observation. Stay quiet and avoid sudden movements that could scare your reptile away. Take note of any signs of movement or sounds that could indicate its presence. If your reptile is hiding in a tight spot or is difficult to reach, consider using a reptile-friendly tool to gently coax it out. A snake hook or a long-handled net can be useful in guiding your reptile towards a more accessible area. Be gentle and avoid causing any harm or stress to your reptile.
Still can't find your pet?
If all else fails and you're unable to catch your escaped reptile, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Contact a local reptile rescue or an experienced reptile handler who can provide guidance and assistance. Remember, it's important to remain calm and patient throughout the process. With these steps and a little bit of luck, you'll soon have your escaped reptile safely back in its enclosure.