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Old 03-31-04, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Finally happened--snake tagged me

It happened yesterday, one of my snakes tagged me. It was my ball python, which is funny because he is the most docile of my snakes.

I should have know he was in a weird mood. He had rearranged the contents of his enclosure and was more active than usual. I was putting his water dish back to where I like it and trying to get the newspaper substrate to flatten out...then he tagged my finger. He came out of his hide cave and about a foot & a half in a flash. I've never seen him strike for prey or anything that far before.

I had not been anywhere around mice or rodents but I had just been feeding crickets to the lizards. Maybe that was part of the reason?

It wasn't painful but it's not a tickle either. It bled for a while and today my knuckle is a little purple. I instinctively yanked my hand out and scratched it on the screen top as well.

Well, at least I'm not a newbie anymore
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Old 03-31-04, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-31-04, 01:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the club! I lost my cherry to an amel corn. Since then I've been bite by ATBs, BRBs, Balls, Rosy Boas, Kings and I few others I'm sure
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Got tagged once about 5 years ago by my BP as well... stupid newbie mistake for me

She occasionally gets really wierd and aggressive but usually is fine even an hour or so later. I usually just avoid her when she's acting strange.
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I have NEVER been bit by one of my snakes, its the wild ones i donate blood to, but i love it, like a badge of honor or something to that effect
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Old 03-31-04, 04:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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lol been taged by my bp only once, but my corn has bit me menny times, i swear she's half rockviller lol
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Old 03-31-04, 05:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome to the club lol
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thats what i love about bearded dragons mine never bit me !!!!!!!!!!!!by the way i am getting another one and plan to sell each 35 $ each next year
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I have never been bitten by either of my bps, and hopefully never will! Out of the snakes I have now, my sand boa is the only one that has bit me, which is good because he is also the smallest!
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Old 04-01-04, 02:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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One time i was soaking my BP and i was pulling him out of the water he turned around hisses and tagged my arm. It bled a little but i was fine afterwards i just kinda of laughed at him.

Wait until you get tagged by a monitor! LOL!
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thats wierd?i've never heard of a ball python to be aggressive like that?mine is a big baby,and so is my burm,lol,the burm is all talk no action,strikes at the glass sometimes,then when i take her out she acts like a puppy,although shes a little nervous,and moves fast..
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Old 04-04-04, 12:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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black mexican kings....yes...small but evil,lol,but there a very nice breed of snake..
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Oh come now. All of my mex blks are tame tame tame!
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you know what i have a carpet python and i can not believe how aggressive he is every thing that moves hes ready to strike it doesnt really hurt cause hes so small but im hoping i can calm him down before he gets too big!
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My male BP is the meanest snake I've ever seen. I can't even put my hand in his cage to change his water without drawing a hiss and strike out of him. He's only got me ~3 times, but every one of them drew blood. He's never just faking either, he strikes without warning, and almost leaps out of his cage to do so. I've checked him for parasites with nothing, and also treated him for them when I had a few snakes develop them, so I know that's not the problem. Guess he just doesn't like me.

These days I have resorted to throwing a pillowcase either over him, or the hide he is in before I can do any cage maintenance.

My female on the othe hand, is the tamest snake I own. So I guess it all depends.
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