I've always fed in a separate container or place for my snakes. Depending on size, it ranges from deli cups, kritter keepers and the bathtub (for my balls). I've never been bitten so far, knock on wood! I also wash my hands constantly with sunlight dish soap hoping that my snakes associate the lemon sent as NOT being food! Works for me
Keeper of 5 snakes, leopard geckos, 1 green iguana, 20+ tarantulas, 2 dogs & a bunch of rats!