Well, after well over thirty years of keeping snakes, I got my first bite from one I was keeping...just now..lol. I've been bitten many times catching wild snakes, but nevr before one in my care. I'm sure fr0glet will get a kick out of this..it was the little Black Rat snake that was so "gentle" for the last week or so. He eats like a champ, and has never so much as rattled his tail. Until today. He rattled and assumed the classic Rat snake defensive stance. I thought he was OK once I picked him up, but he tagged me on my finger a few minutes later. Little sucker drew blood too! LOL!
I was so hoping he was gonna stay "tame"!
Oh well..lol.
Roger
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Roger Helms (Email Removed) typed this:
Well, after well over thirty years of keeping snakes, I got my first bite from one I was keeping...just now..lol. ... minutes later. Little sucker drew blood too! LOL! I was so hoping he was gonna stay "tame"! Oh well..lol. Roger

giggle... my little black rat snake has only been biting my gloves a few times during each of our handling sessions lately. Emotion: smile

Cheers to feisty little buggers!
fr0glet
I handle my 03 banana kings with rubber gloves as I was told they did not like the taste of rubber but apparently whoever told me did not tell them.
Dr. Barbara Horwitz (Email Removed) typed this:
I handle my 03 banana kings with rubber gloves as I was told theydid not like the taste of rubber but apparently whoever told me did not tell them.

I use gardening gloves. Spacious (for bite-grip-ability) and they have little rubbery nubs so I can grip the little sons-of-guns of necessary.
fr0glet
I use gardening gloves. Spacious (for bite-grip-ability) and they have little rubbery nubs so I can grip the little sons-of-guns of necessary.

I use welding gloves. Easy on/off and thick enough to stop the worst bite. Also, they go up to the elbow so I'm real protected. If it's small enough that the bite won't go through garden gloves, why bother?
I handle my 03 banana kings with rubber gloves as I was told they did not like the taste of rubber but apparently whoever told me did not tell them.

My Boa strikes first. Then realizes it's somthing it can't eat or doesn't like the taste of. It has calmed down since it decided it will eat F/T. I have never worn gloves. Just end up with a V shaped bite mark across my hand. it doesn't hurt long.
I have found that rat snakes (and many others)
let go faster if you hold completely still. Causes little if no damage to you AND the snake.
They "SEEM" discouraged from furthur attacks.
Immediately after a bite I use "sensory overload" and I spend an extended amount of time stroking the snake, letting it run through my fingers, and if possible, humming low tones on top of it's head (bone conduction}. A snake definately has the brain capacity to learn. I'm not sure if a snake can derive pleasure from a sensory input, but I,ve had no complaints.
My latest success is a 8+ foot redtail that someone just gave to us.

later, the Snake Whisperer
Teach the Children
"Back to The Garden"
GLOVES, BAH, HUMBUG.
STUFF OF WOMEN!
I noticed that no guys admitted to wearing gloves. I certainly don't, AND YOU CAN'T PROVE DIFFERENT!
later, the Snake Whisperer
Teach the Children
"Back to The Garden"
I use welding gloves. Easy on/off and thick enough to stop the worst bite. Also, they go up to the elbow so I'm real protected. If it's small enough that the bite won't go through garden gloves, why bother? !!
Since when did you start raising Komodo dragons?
later, the Snake Whisperer
Teach the Children
"Back to The Garden"
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