Hello, Four mounths ago i bought a sub-adult pair of Philodryas baroni, they are so beautiful to me, they have become my favorite snakes..
The only thing I'm a little concerned about is that they are rear- fanged venomous snakes, I've read something (not much) on the net about their venom, potentially capable to cause local damages to muscles and nerves around the bite.
I must say i NEVER observed any attempt to bite in my pair, they are a little nervous when I pick them off the tank, but calm down in 30 seconds, I never saw any defense behaviour apart from trying to escape from my hands...
Do you think I should keep wearing leather gloves when handling them? Up to what point is it worth trusting in them?...Do you know about any sggressive specimen?
The only thing I'm a little concerned about is that they are rear- fanged venomous snakes, I've read something (not ... gloves when handling them? Up to what point is it worth trusting in them?...Do you know about any sggressive specimen?

I have no experience with P. baroni, though I own another species of rear-fanged 'warm' snake (hognose). The quick look I took on-line certainly doesn't provide a clear answer.
Have you come across the forums at kingsnake.com? They have one specific to rear-fanged snakes:
http://forums.kingsnake.com/forum.php?catid=90
You may be able to get a more informed answer to some of your questions there.
As for what I think, I've been envenomed twice, and it's no freaking fun, and my impression is that hoggies are less venomous than P. baroni. If you decide to handle them without protection, be extremely scrupulous about clean hands and don't let your fingers ever act like prey around them.
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