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Old 10-10-17, 01:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: My corn snake has made me a wuss. How can I pick him up?

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Originally Posted by gregsdad View Post
My corn snake has made me a wussy. How can I pick him up?
So I have a young corn snake. Ive held him at the pet store and like 4 times at home. Ive had him for like a month or 2 now. He is kinda curious so I used to just let him climb up my hand. He kinda panics but is usually calm. So i was like hey lets practice picking him up and HE DOESNT LIKE IT. In fact he panicks from being touched as most video tutorials say to do to warm the snake up. I leave my hand in for a sec, i have a tissue with my scent in there and today I touched his mid section twice and he ran. I touched him one last time when he calmed down to try and pick him up and he went sidewinder on me and began to his and strike . I let my hand sit near him again and he didnt his and relaxed. Hooks freak him out. I do if I touch him. My leopard gecko warmed up to me from just leaVing my hand in. I dont want to hurt him by jumping from a bite and i feel bad when hes scared. Also should I or should I not lift his hide when I go to handle him.? Ive held bigger snakes and him. I dont know why im so panicked. Im punked out today.
Little baby snakes think one thing in general about you as a big human; "You're going to eat me, HALP!" when you grab them..

When you want to lift them out then first just put your hand in, let the snake be calm about that big moving thing in there with it, and just instead of grabbing him between 2 fingers, just gently put one finger under his belly and slowly lift him up. It's fine if you lift his hide as long as you don't lift his hide and then grab the poor baby by the tail and drag him out... you'll have to build a trust relationship with it (ie- I may hold/touch you but I'm not going to hurt you).

Ps. the worst behavior you can "teach" the snake is behaving nervous around him when he becomes defensive.. if he's taught that you'll leave him alone when he defends himself, then this is what he will do. They learn as they grow up.

Baby snakes, especially small ones, can't hurt you one bit anyway. There's no need to be scared
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