This might sound like a stupid question to a lot of you, but it aint to me -P
Can snakes sense if you are nervous when handling them?

I know other animals can, and will often take advantage of such a situation ... thinking of horses and dogs in particular here. So ... am I more likely to get bitten if the snake senses I'm nervous?
I know when I'm handling my hoggie, occasionally my hands go a little clammy and cos of his smooth belly he get's sort of stuck and can't glide smoothly through my fingers!
You might have guessed I should be picking my new snake up today and I know I'm gonna be a little nervous handling him at first.
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."
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Chloe,
This ain't no silly question to me either!!
I think they can sense fear or anxiety. I think its a 'basic' instinct in many 'hunters'. Whether they perceive that sense in the same way as humans or other higher species is a different question altogether..
J
This might sound like a stupid question to a lot of you, but it aint to me :-P Can snakes ... thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it'sthe hardest thing to live in the world alone."

I don't think it's a stupid question at all Chloe, and yes, in my non-scientific opinion I do think that snakes can detect the hormonal changes within us be it fear, nervousness, or whatever.
Bill,
Madness takes it's toll Please have exact change.
"Mistress of Dragons" <> wrote in message

This might sound like a stupid question to a lot ... Can snakes sense if you are nervous when handling them?

I don't think it's a stupid question at all Chloe, and yes, in my non-scientific opinion I do think that snakes can detect the hormonal changes within us be it fear, nervousness, or whatever.

Thanks Bill, so do you think they would react to that fear and be more likely to bite?
I'm not scared of the snake itself, I love them and the feel of them exploring me etc, but it's just the fear of being bitten. I know I've mentioned it here before and considering how many times I've been bitten by other animals, some particularly nasty, I find this fear irrational and can't understand it.
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."
"Mistress of Dragons" <> wrote in message I don't think ... hormonal changes within us be it fear, nervousness, or whatever.

Thanks Bill, so do you think they would react to that fear and be more likely to bite?

yes definatly, seen it many times, same as dogs can sense it in humans, my dag can sense when my illness is bad but another way it would be fear and pick it up the sense.
Thanks Bill, so do you think they would react to that fear and be more likely to bite? I'm not ... many times I've been bittenby other animals, some particularly nasty, I find this fear irrational and can't understand it. Chloe

I don't think the sense of fear would cause it to be more likely to bite unless you accidentally hurt the snake or was trying to restrain the snake from moving around. I think the biting would be more of a defensive mechanism just to make you release it, or a feeding response if the snake senses food.
Remember that a new animal, be it a snake, lizard, dog, cat, bird, etc..is probably just as fearful of you as you are of it and will more likely just try to get away until it is handled more and gets used to you. This is just my opinion and experience and has no scientific basis that I know of so just be careful and don't go getting bit and say that Bill said it won't happen.. :-P

Bill,
Madness takes it's toll Please have exact change.
"Mistress of Dragons" <> wrote in message

Thanks Bill, so do you think they would react to ... I find this fear irrational and can't understand it. Chloe

I don't think the sense of fear would cause it to be more likely to bite unless you accidentally hurt ... more of a defensive mechanism just to make you release it, or a feeding response if the snake senses food.

Yeah, I guess so. Maybe I'm overestimating their intelligence and should think more along the lines of instinctiveness instead. Most snakes I've seen are naturally avoidant rather than aggressive, unless threatened.
This is just my opinion and experience and has no scientific basis that I know of so just be careful and don't go getting bit and say that Bill said it won't happen.. :-P

LOL!
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."
Chloe, This ain't no silly question to me either!! I think they can sense fear or anxiety. I think its ... Whether they perceive that sense in the same way as humans or other higher species is a different question altogether..

The only time I feel completely confident handling snakes is after I've had a drink or two!
I have friends who have a RTB and a ball python and whenever we go back to their's after the pub I'm usually the first one to get the snakes out and play with them Emotion: wink
I was so comfortable with the RTB that I once fell asleep with it wrapped around my neck LOL!
But it's not exactly practical to be downing a couple of shots of vodka everytime I want to get a snake out Emotion: big smile I'm hoping this fear will eventually fade, hence why I want to increase my collection to help me overcome it.
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."
LOL! Chloe

LOL..If that's all I ever got blamed with I'd be doing good. Wishing you well with overcoming your anxiety about handling snakes. Emotion: smile
Bill,
Chaos, Panic, & Disorder..My work here is done.
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