I was cruising this forum yesterday evening when I heard a ruckus above my head. I went upstairs to see what was going on and no one was up there. I went back downstairs and the noise was still going on. I contemplated and reluctantly decided to cut a hole in the drywall above my head and stick a spare Wyze v2 cam in the hole…
Yikes! It was a 6 foot Eastern Ratsnake shedding its skin. You can see his skin in this capture, but he’s actually over 20 feet farther back across the ceiling. He’s obviously been a busy boy as there are piles of mouse fur poop all over the place.
I fished the skin out with a hanger and left the cam up there with motion detection enabled. We can’t figure out how he’s getting in and out of the house, so we named him Houdini.
My big tabby always “took care of” the occasional mouse that dared enter the house but he passed away last winter. We recently adopted a 7-month old female from the shelter, but she hasn’t yet figured out that it’s her job to keep the mice out. I guess Houdini is just taking care of business until she grows up. Now if I could just convince the rest of the family that Houdini is a friendly, harmless pet… it’s not going well.