It's easy to feel rattled when your corn snake decides to leave the comfort of the vivarium and strike out on its own.
Writing in a weekly column for the The Telegraph, vet Peter Wedderburn gives his top tips on how to approach such a situation.
The animal expert advised owners to keep calm as snakes can survive for long periods of time without food.
It's important to look in all the nooks and crannies as they can squeeze themselves into tight spots. Snakes like warm areas in the home such as radiators, Mr Wedderburn added.
A canny way to coax your reptile out of hiding is to turn the heat up in one room and keep the rest of the house at a cooler temperature.
Also put the vivarium in the warm room with its doors open and the heat on plus get some food from an online pet store to put into it. These measures will likely have your snake gravitating to the warmth, the vet advised.
The snake is most likely still in your house rather out in the cold so persevere, he added.