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Posted by montydsw11 on May 20, 2003 at 16:29:45:
Hey all, my 1 year female surinam bit me last night for the first time ever. The second I stuck my hand in her cage to change her water, I knew something was up. She coiled her neck and shyed away from, an instant warning sign that I ignored. After changing her water, I decided to pick her up.
She bit me in the hand, just once and didn't latch on. I have a pretty nasty wound but that is not the point right now. I am wondering what caused her to strike me. This afternoon, I was prepared to pick her up again, however she coiled up into a defensive position as soon as I removed her hideaway, this time I got the message and let her alone.
I decided to leave a sweaty undershirt of mine in the cage, in hopes that it will "familirize" her with my smell.
What should I do? I want to be able to handle her and whatnot, and I don't want to have this fear of being bitten last forever!
BTW... she ate just over a week ago so I doubt that is the problem...