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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

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

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Lovely.  They are pretty smart.  All the cats I ever had always go to the warm spots, too, esp in the colder months.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 4 years ago

I am the warm spot for my dog, Debbie, in bed, at night, and it is mutual.  Maybe I should curl up around a transformer?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Now that must have been quite a surprise! 

And I don't blame you for not disturbing him. If he fell off and then scurried away and hid somewhere, that would have been quite the inspection!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

Jay Markanich That would be perhaps one of many surprises the critters in your daily work give you. A few years ago at the Sarasota Association of Realtors, during a break from a class, I took a step outside, where I noticed a 6' long rat snake climbing the exterior vertical wall of the building. It was fascinating to see that a snake could climb a vertical wall.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 4 years ago

Jay, this guy has almost outgrown his pied-a-terre. I wonder where he'll warm up next?

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) over 4 years ago

Kat - once on an inspection with Lenn Harley we went into the dirt cellar of an old house and found a 6' black snake.  There were skins everywhere.  He had been there a while.

S&N - they crawl up trees here to raid bird nests.

Kevin - he will have to move on soon!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Geezus!!  That looks like something from the movie Alien. I could barely find him!

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) over 4 years ago

Looking up he was a couple of feet away, Terri.  I had to look twice!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. Must have been a bit of a surprise to find this guy! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Ok, the thermal camera is one thing... but hiring snakes to find overheated transformers... you've gone too far!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

Glad it was just a black snake and you left him alone.  Did you point him out to the homeowner or just move on?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 4 years ago

I see animals from time to time Wayne.  Once I opened an attic hatch to turn on my flashlight and scare between 1 and 2 million bats!  I have no idea how many were up there!  The floor was inches deep in guano.  Now THAT was a surprise!  I covered my nose and hightailed it!

Fred - just checking with the camera to make sure my boys are doing what they are hired to do.

My client was freaked out a bit, Stephen.  The homeowner, unfortunately, very elderly, was recently put in a home and was not present.  Move on?  Move on!?  I broke out the camera and then did the boom-shaka-laka dance!

Do you think I EVER miss on a chance to do the boom-shaka-laka dance?  Get real.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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