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How Does A Cold-Blooded Snake Get Warm Inside A House?

How does a cold-blooded snake get warm inside a house?

Cold-blooded animals have to find an external heat source to warm their bodies.  Outdoors that source would typically be the sun.

But if a snake gets into a house, how can he get warm?

Opening a closet in a basement room to evaluate the panel box, I looked above and saw this.

At first glance I did not know what it was!  Then, looking further, it appeared to be black snake!

Stepping back to look above him, I could see his head and eyes.  He was posing for me, and smiling! 

And there he was wrapped entirely around a transformer!  Usually transformers do not get very warm.

And I suspected this transformer must be warm enough to attract the snake, but did not know what that temperature might be.

So I broke out Mighty Mo.

It turns out the transformer was around 99F!

And looking at the snake, he is in the 80s and 90s F.

This black snake is a couple of years old.  Apparently one winter he came indoors to seek warmth and hunt, and indeed found a warm spot.  Remembering it, this must be his quiet, dark, warm day spa!  I suspect he comes here often.

My recommendation:  animals do not think like you and I do, but have been blessed with instincts to help them in their daily lives.  This snake is acting on instinct, and doing what he does best.  He is staying alive!  And I did not disturb him!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • June 11 2016 02:51AM
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