wow, interesting, it was the first snake that my daughter-(who is 9)-held, i was always afraid of snakes and she said to me "see mom, it will not hurt you," she holds it and feeds it ,and handles it with care. She is the one , who seems to undertand animals, reptiles, anything,I tell her she would make a great vet for reptiles.
i have told her that it is a long term commitment-she is it's mom and has to look after it.
I hope to learn more about it as it gets bigger,and teaches us more about being gentle and understanding with any creature.
Accept a person , for who they are.
Not for what you want them to be.