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Old 11-13-17, 01:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
dannybgoode
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Re: Aggressive/Scared King Snake

It very much depends on the nature of the bite as to whether it's a feeding type response or a defensive bite. If the snake is 'tagging' you - biting your hand then recoiling back - then it is likely a defensive action.

If it is striking you, biting and holding on for a length of time (anything more than a couple of seconds) it is more likely a feeding response.

I find my snakes rarely think my hand is food if there is none around and I have not been handling any and a few of them will strike defensively.

My advice would simply be not to handle the snake much and when you do - calm deliberate movements. Be prepared to be struck a few times also, a king really isn't going to hurt a great deal.
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