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Old 05-02-17, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Carpet python too fast?

Hi forums! I finally got a carpet python, her cage is all set up, and I gave her time to settle down from the move. Now, I want to go about taming her and I've read a few other posts. They say 5-10 minute handling sessions daily. Well my problem is that I can't even get her out of the cage. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't afraid of being bit, but I will be able to tolerate that. Whenever I reach into the cage, she tenses up, which I can imagine would be the normal reaction. But the second I as much touch her or get within an inch of her she completely freaks out. She starts slithering around really fast trying to get away from me, slithering all around her cage. I was wondering how I would even get around to taming her if I can't even get her out of her cage.

TL;DR How do I get my antsy carpet python out of the cage so I can start to get her used to being handled?
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Old 05-03-17, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Carpet python too fast?

Put some easly removable branches in the enclosure (carpet python needs some branches anyway) and remove the branch when she's sitting on top of it. This should result in a less stressful experience for her (and you too)
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Re: Carpet python too fast?

Missed an opportunity to welcome you...Welcome to sSNAKESs!

I'm getting my 6yr old CP this weekend, and like you, I will probably be a little apprehensive as well, but after reading up on the "tap training" and hook usage, I think things will work out okay.

Be sure to search for tap training here in the forum and read the posts so you can avoid the bite that you think you're ready for!
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Re: Carpet python too fast?

Before you begin handling her ensure that's she's a consistent feeder. Let her get a few meals down. I highly recommend getting a hook and tap/hook training her. Start slowly with short handling sessions of a couple of minutes. She should eventually settle down. You may take a couple of bites but they really aren't that bad.
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Old 05-03-17, 06:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Put some easly removable branches in the enclosure (carpet python needs some branches anyway) and remove the branch when she's sitting on top of it. This should result in a less stressful experience for her (and you too)
This is also a good idea. It's the only way I can get my amazon tree boa out of his enclosure. The second I touch him he latches on to everything for dear life lol
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