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Grainne Gillespie (Email Removed) blurted:
I've been bitten twice by snakes,

Me too now. The first was a honduran milksnake that Jenn was halfway-housing, the bugger didn't just bite me, he nailed me 6 or 7 times. He's subadult and his teeth were pretty damn small. Bites all over my little finger, healed in a matter of days.
Second bite was the night I decided to palpate my children's python for eggs, she nailed me and went back to totally calm and docile in less than a second. I didn't even feel it really, just saw her move like that and looked down to 10 bleeding holes! Again, tiny teeth, healed in days.

So far my worst reptile bite was from that cuban knight anole, his teeth were bigger and I pulled away and sliced myself even better! :-O

fr0glet
Dogs (and probably every other animal, including snakes) see the ancient body language in big flashing neon. Simple signs - ... a run for it? Either way, you're going to need to be physically ready to take action at any second.

I imagine that sticking to clammy hands would make the snake a bit nervous. And I know when I'm nervous I have jerky movements or even shake. These things too would put a snake on edge.
Deep, calm breaths. "Be The Tree." This is my mantra when handling aggressive snakes. My theory is this: They don't bite trees. Hopefully they won't bite my best imitation of a tree, standing stock-still with branches, er, arms out in front.
Of course, trees don't go around picking snakes up and stuff. Have a non-scared person pick the snake up and put it on you. You just Be The Tree. Have them remove the snake when you're done feeling tree-like. Do this several times and you will find yourself acting less and less like a tree and being more and more comfortable with it.
-Z
I imagine that sticking to clammy hands would make the snake a bit nervous. And I know when I'm nervous I have jerky movements or even shake. These things too would put a snake on edge.

Yes, me too. My hands are naturally shaky anyway from my meds but do get worse when I'm nervous or anxious.
Deep, calm breaths. "Be The Tree." This is my mantra when handling aggressive snakes. My theory is this: They don't bite trees. Hopefully they won't bite my best imitation of a tree, standing stock-still with branches, er, arms out in front.

That's a great way of thinking about it, I like it Emotion: smile
Of course, trees don't go around picking snakes up and stuff. Have a non-scared person pick the snake up and put it on you. You just Be The Tree. Have them remove the snake when you're done feeling tree-like.

Yes, this is what I do, especially if he's a bit hissy when I go in there as I have a tendency to jump back even when he hisses LOL! Or if I'm on my own I'll use something to 'get him out' and he calms immediately once out. I don't want him to get away with thinking he can scare me off by hissing at me. But then he *is* a big scary cobra right ... or at least he likes to think he is Emotion: big smile
Do this several times and you will find yourself acting less and less like a tree and being more and more comfortable with it.

Thanks, I'll give it a try Emotion: smile
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
Thanks, I'll give it a try Emotion: smile

BTW, it's pretty impressive that you're forcing yourself to overcome your fears like this. Takes a strong person to do so.
-Z
Thanks, I'll give it a try Emotion: smile

BTW, it's pretty impressive that you're forcing yourself to overcome your fears like this. Takes a strong person to do so. -Z

Oooh! And you should definitely read The Snakebite Survivor's Club. Email me your address and I'll mail you a copy. I really need to keep my good book karma flowing.
-Z
Thanks, I'll give it a try Emotion: smile

BTW, it's pretty impressive that you're forcing yourself to overcome your fears like this. Takes a strong person to do so.

Thanks! Emotion: surprise)
I just wish I could face all my demons and fears head on like this Emotion: wink
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
BTW, it's pretty impressive that you're forcing yourself to overcome your fears like this. Takes a strong person to do so. -Z

Oooh! And you should definitely read The Snakebite Survivor's Club. Email me your address and I'll mail you a copy. I really need to keep my good book karma flowing.

Nice one, thank you so much Emotion: smile)
Email on it's way!
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
Oooh! And you should definitely read The Snakebite Survivor's Club. Email me your address and I'll mail you a copy. I really need to keep my good book karma flowing.

It arrived this morning!
It looks fascinating and I can't wait to get stuck into it.

Thank you hun Emotion: smile)
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love Chloe ***

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
It arrived this morning!

Yowza! That was fast. I'm glad it got there so quickly.
It looks fascinating and I can't wait to get stuck into it. Thank you hun Emotion: smile)

My pleasure. I think you might really relate to the author. In fact, he's a countryman of yours.
-Z
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