My boyfriend and I own three pets: two chinchillas (Alfie and Archer) and one corn snake (Keith). As they have gotten older they have gotten bigger so we have had to splash some cash on larger homes for them. The chinchilla cage is almost as tall as me and takes up a whole corner of our living room but the new vivarium for Keith is on another level!
He’s maybe almost 4 ft long now so we decided we needed to get him a bigger home that would last him for as long as possible.
So I measured the kitchen worktop where we were going to put a new vivarium before we bought it and went online to have a shop around for one. I found one that fit the specifications and went ahead and bought it… for some reason buying the one that was pretty much EXACTLY the same size as the space we were going to put it in – not realising that we would be left with pretty much half a kitchen if I did so 🤔
The vivarium got delivered and we set about putting it together that night… all I have learned from DIY since having to do it is that it makes my boyfriend verrrryyy frustrated and the instructions are never clear enough! We ended up with a few missing screws and using some superglue to get it together but finally it was finished!
It doesn’t look it but I could lie down and curl up in this thing when the lid wasn’t on! It’s almost 4 ft long! So, feeling pretty pleased with ourselves we carried it into the kitchen and started to put it into place.
With GREAT difficulty we managed to wangle it into the space and now our kitchen looks like this:
So we now have half a kitchen that was originally really small in the first place! My boyfriend was not impressed with me for buying such a big tank to say the least… 😂
AND THEN THE REAL FUN STARTED
This vivarium has sliding glass panels and didn’t come with a lock. We naively thought that just closing the panels would be enough to keep Keith in his home. We were mistaken.
There is also a circular hole at the back where the wires for the thermostat and heat mat feed into the tank. This was supposed to be blocked by a locking plastic stopper but it wasn’t big enough for the heat mat plug to go through so we decided to board it up with a bit of cardboard and duct tape.. more on this later.
So for about a week Keith was happily living in his new big home until one night when I went into the kitchen and saw that the glass door was open and the bloody snake was nowhere to be seen!
Cue panic and guilt and frantically looking under all the kitchen units for Keith and googling what to do if your snake escapes… all in vain as we couldn’t find him that night.
Or the next
Or the next
And then, we had gone to bed that night when my boyfriend heard the chinchilla cage rattling and thought he should go check it out. When he went into the living room THE SNAKE WAS HALFWAY INTO THE CHINCHILLA CAGE so he quickly ran and grabbed Keith before he could potentially hurt the chinchillas! Snake securely (or so we thought) back in his vivarium, we duct-taped the doors closed and breathed a sigh of relief.
That is, until two days later when I went into the kitchen in the morning and he had somehow wormed his way under the cardboard duct-taped to the hole at the back of the vivarium.
This time, I thought he might be in the living room so went crawling around on my hands and knees shining my phone light around until I found him wrapped around the Xbox power box under the TV unit! He was probably hanging out next to it because it’s nice and warm!
I managed to get him out from under the TV and put him back and we have now securely taped both sides of the hole so there’s no way he can get out that way again!
We have also managed to buy a lock for the glass panels as well so now he is safe and secure!
Needless to say, it was a stressful week!
The moral of the story is that snakes are bloody escape artists and you should make sure their homes are escape-proof!
Hope you enjoyed my little story and you will be happy to hear that no chinchillas or snakes were harmed in the making of it 😂
Love Maddie xxx