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View Poll Results: How often do you handle your snake(s)?
More than once a day 2 4.88%
Once a day 6 14.63%
Several times a week 17 41.46%
Once a week 7 17.07%
Several times a month 6 14.63%
Once a month 1 2.44%
Rarely 2 4.88%
Never 0 0%
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Old 07-21-03, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How often do you handle your snakes?

Sometimes I feel like a neglectful mother, because I just don't have time to take out my snakes often enough. How often do you guys take them out and handle them?
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Old 07-21-03, 04:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most of mine are not "handleable" But I do try to take out most nonvens fairly often so I dont give them a killer feeding response everytime the cage is opened.
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Old 07-21-03, 04:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My burms are real mellow so I only handle them 3 times a week for a few minutes. My blood I handle every day, he is very easy to handle. I spend most of my time working with my nile. I need to work alot more with him.
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I do it whenever I want no order or whatever
Snake's dont "like" handling so you neglecting them will not make them "sad" they get used to handling and that's it they are not emotionally attached to you so have no worry's
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They might not like it, or get emotionally attached to you, but you have to handle the snakes to make sure they don't get that wild instinct back. You don't want a 13 foot burm attacking because he thinks your a predator do you?
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Old 07-21-03, 05:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I try and handle at least 2-3 snakes a day after all the general maintenance has been done.
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Old 07-21-03, 05:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Can't answer the poll because its different with each snake. I handle my burm almost every day....she is very calm and I'd like to keep her that way so I handle her alot, plus she gets wrangy in her tank if she's not out for a couple of days. My b.p.'s and variable king are always on the move when out and a bit timid so I handle them about once a week. My guyana redtail hides alot so I don't handle her more than once a week because when she's out she just looks for a place to hide.
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Yeah I'm with Yvonne, but I voted several times a week. I have 8 snakes, soon to be 9 and it just varies for each. But I at least try to hold each one about 3 times a week of not more. I get my burmese python out almost every singe day for about an hour because she's just the most enjoyable to handle, and I want her to turn into a nice mellow adult.
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Old 07-21-03, 06:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I only handle mine for general maintenance (ie- cleaning, etc). As Bryce mentioned, your snakes do not enjoy your company so the less you handle them the happier they are... nothing neglectful about it
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I handle my ball python about 3 or 4 times a week just for a bit of exercise, I handle my king 4 times a week because she stil musks once in a while and I want to be rid of that, and my baby carpet I handle 2 or 3 times a week so it doesn't stress out, so several times a week.
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Linds described how I care for my snake when it comes to handling..

You don't want a 13 foot burm attacking because he thinks your a predator do you
You should always use safe handling methods with herps, no matter how timid they seem.
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i handle mine once a day, sometimes more, since 2 are the kids i like to keep them used to it
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I handle mine when they are awake cos they get all jumpy if i wake them up.
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After feeding my snakes, I give them about 3-4 days to begin digesting. After that, I handle them every day, so they can get their exercise. They may not like handling, but they sure love getting out of the enclosure to slither around for a while. (Well, the corns do, anyway....)

I find that they are more calm when they are handled if it is done more often.
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Old 07-22-03, 12:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I answered several times a week, but that needs to be qualified. I handle my regular snakes several times a week. As a hot keeper, when dealing with those alone I would have to respond rarely and wish I could respond never but each one has had to be hand held at some point. I'm sure in some collections of all non-vens some animals are hands on and others are display only.
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