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 #2311009


MommaSnake
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 Problem with a Young Florida King



Help! We bought our 7 year old a Florida King snake for her birthday. We are new snake owners, although I have handled and fed snakes in the past. The first three months went well, we introduced ourselves to the snake slowly and carefully; feeding was going well etc. I cleaned his tank weekly, just about two days following feeding. My husband is a bit nervous around snakes, but assured me that he would get past this. I had to go out of town for a month and the snake was left in the care of my husband. He had indicated that he could care for the snake and assured me, that he would continue to socialize with him. Well, upon returning, I asked my husband to remove the snake from the cage for cleaning, let’s just say it didn’t go well. My husband reacted with fear, so I did what I usually do and went to take the snake from his cage, he "S-ed" and started shaking his tail like a Rattler! Now, he is only 3 feet long, about 2 inches around and has a tiny head, so not "dangerous" but watching my former "docile" snake behaving like this is "unsettling". I asked my husband what happened, he told me that he had NOT handled him, only "touching him, on the head" or "on his back", not cleaned his cage "thoroughly" only removing, "the hard stuff". When we tried to feed him for the first time, when I returned, he was (the snake) nipped I think by his meal. So, we gave him a "fresh kill" for two feeding and just this past weekend gave him "live food", which he handled, no problem. It’s been three weeks now, I went to get him out this AM to clean his cage etc. He "S-ed" and tried to strike. I don’t want to "mishandle" him and make him more aggressive. What can I do???




11/25/14  12:14pm

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Takahiro111
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  Message To: MommaSnake   In reference to Message Id: 2311009


 Problem with a Young Florida King

Hi :) I think I can help my boyfriend is afraid of snakes too and I lefted them in his care and he did an ok job and similiarto your husband lol... I have a 17 foot albino burm and 8 1/2 foot boa so I hope this works but despite him being aggressive just keep handling but not too much to stress him because he think by biting you’ll put him down and it’ll be a habit and I know you want your king to be nice again and don’t wanna get bit but you’ll get nipped in this process like I did and don’t let the child handle until he’s calmed back down.



11/25/14  07:45pm

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Peter54
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  Message To: MommaSnake   In reference to Message Id: 2311009


 Problem with a Young Florida King

Captive bred snakes behaving aggressively usually are either scared or hungry and the assumption that this snake got like this because your husband did not handle it is not likely at all. There is no proof whatsoever that frequent handling will get you a calm snake since snakes cannot be tamed. It’s the other way around that’s important -owner gets used to handling the snake wich will result in a calmer snake since the owner does not stress it.

Make sure that the snake has good hiding places covering the snake completely. Never open the snakes hideout when the snake is in there (that would be like someone lifted the roof of your house). Never just stick your hand in and grab the snake, since your hand easily can be perceived as a threat. Instead try to just open the cage and let the snake come out into your hands by itself.

This is still a very young snake and it will get calmer with age providing you do not stress it and alse see to that the snake is fed properly. I have several kings and milksnakes, but I do not handle them very often, especially not when they are young, maybe 3 or 4 times a year and I have no aggressive snake. Sometimes they can be a bit frisky at first when picked up, but they soon calm down.



01/08/15  02:50am

 #2311717


Takahiro111
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  Message To: Peter54   In reference to Message Id: 2311716


 Problem with a Young Florida King

I know reptiles can be calmed but not tamed but I think I just learned something...so if the owner is the one that’s use to handling a snake which makes it calm on the other hand the snake isn’t the one that’s really use to it but learns over time that were not food..or something??



01/08/15  03:01am

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Peter54
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2311717


 Problem with a Young Florida King

That was somewhat unclear, I don’t understand what you mean.



02/02/15  02:26pm


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