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Old 10-04-18, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Baby corn troubles

Hello everybody this is my first thread. On Saturday, I went to Baltimore replicon and pick up a baby corn snake. This is my first snake of her so Iím new, so cut me some slack. I put it in her tank, and left her till Tuesday, at which point I fed her. When I first bought her, I held her first with no trouble and she just slithered around in my fingers. Wednesday night I attempted to pick her up for the first time. She pretty much did everything she could to pick he when I first bought her, I held her first with no trouble and she just slithered around my fingers. Wednesday night I attempted to pick her up for the first time. She pretty much did everything she could to get away, and after I had her in my hands she bit me twice. It didnít hurt so I didnít flinch or anything but after a while of her keep running away I put her back in her tank. Thursday morning, I tried to get near her once more and she bit me three times before I could even touch her. What steps should I take to make sure that I will be able to hold her?
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Welcome to the forum and best wishes with your new critter. Try not handling the snake at all for the first couple of weeks while it settles in and until its eaten for you a few times. Then you can begin short gentle handling sessions.
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Old 10-09-18, 01:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum and best wishes with your new critter. Try not handling the snake at all for the first couple of weeks while it settles in and until its eaten for you a few times. Then you can begin short gentle handling sessions.
^^^ agree 100% ^^^

Your snake is extremely stressed right now. From traveling to the expo, being at an expo surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of people, traveling home with you, a new enclosure, etc...all equal stress for a snake.

I always suggest giving a new snake at least a few weeks to get settled in with no handling. Making sure the snake is getting acclimated and eating well is too priority right now.
I recommend no handling til the snake has eaten 3 consecutive meals without refusal.

Beyond that, proper husbandry will also help relax your snake.

From there, short and sweet handling session 2-3 times per week (48 hours after feeding so the prey can be digested) for about 10 minutes to start.
Corns are a docile species and calm d8wn quite a bit over time as they get some size on them. When they're tiny, everything (including you) is potentially prey.

But don't worry, corns calm down quick.
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Old 10-09-18, 12:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Baby corn snakes are nervous. Biting and squirming is normal. Regular handling will help settle them down; however, having raised many corns, I find that they are nearly always very easily handleable as adults, whether they were handled regularly when young, or not.
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