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Mighty Mouse Survives Snake and Finds a Hero

Mighty Mouse Survives Snake and Finds a Hero


Written by Dana Stangel of  Teranga Ranch of Sunland, California

I run the Teranga Ranch reptile rescue. This means I get calls of all kinds, from many places, to take in an animal in need.

Recently we got a call from a volunteer at a local shelter. They had a pet snake that had come in as a stray, and did not have the facilities to really care for it. I drove the 45 minutes to go get the snake, got him into his pillowcase and carrier, then noticed the enclosure next to the one he came out of. There was no lid on it, so there couldn’t be a snake in there. But there was movement. I looked again. It was a small white mouse.

Frostie, the mouse-friendly snake.

What Would Become of Him?

I asked the technician what that was about. She said they tried to feed the mouse to the snake in that enclosure, but he wouldn’t eat it. I asked what was to become of the mouse. She kind of shrugged as she didn’t know. Shelters don’t get snakes in every day, so there was no protocol for live food. I knew what I had to do. I asked her for a cardboard box, scooped the mouse up, and named him Lucky. Our rescue does NOT feed live food. The shelter did not realize it, but “live food” can actually injure or even kill the snake you are feeding it to. Those burrowing teeth and nails can be hard on a fragile snake.

You’ll be happy to know that the kingsnake ate just fine once he got to the rescue and was offered food that was already dead.

When I got online and told our amazing group of supporters the story, they graciously jumped in with donations to make his life more comfortable: a mouse enclosure, 3 lixit bottles, and a wheel and a ball. Lucky is still here and up for adoption! (See more here)

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9:34PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012


5:21PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Mice are terribly cute.

5:13PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Mice are terribly cute.

12:30PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Glad both were rescued by someone who know what they were doing. There is so much information out there at the tips of your fingers. This shelter should have taken the time to see what a snake ate.

4:16AM PDT on May 21, 2012

good news glad the shelter doesn't feed live food :) thanks for sharing :)

11:30AM PDT on May 19, 2012

That is one lucky mouse and I hope someone will take good care of it. The snake is a lot more kinder to other animals than a lot of people should be he can teach them a lot about humanity.

12:44AM PDT on May 19, 2012

This story made me smile. I know snakes have to eat but I am glad the little guy got a second chance.

9:39AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank you for saving Lucky ! Even the "least" among us need whatever we can do to make their life THEIR life and NOT what humans deem .(i.e. treating mice as "fun food" for snakes .
Thank you again !

5:04AM PDT on May 17, 2012

nice blog post.

thanks for share with us.


6:59PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Lucky indeed!

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