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Posted by highlander1 on April 16, 2003 at 22:45:10:

In Reply to: JUST GOT BIT !!!! NOW WHAT ?? posted by joemichaelaz on April 16, 2003 at 17:03:47:

:Damm it hurts.. i'm typing with my left hand shaking like never before.. my 11 foot burm just bit my right forearm for the first time in 7 years.. she just ate 5 !! days ago.. a large rabbit as usuall... i was unable to move and lucky my 4 year old was in the house to help me.. he ran and got a can of lysol and sprayed the snake in the face untill she let go of my forearm.. what now..will the snake be O.k. ?? do i keep her or what ?? will she do this again ?? befoe takeing her out I spray my arm with thie lysol so I dont have any smells on me .. what do I do ??
:dam it hurts so much...

:Joe


Is not to use the lysol on your arm in the future(if thats what you are doing to get her out).If you've only been doing it recently or have been doing it for awhile then thats more than likely what triggered the bite.Snakes arent dumb animals,even the slightest difference in scent can trigger a bite (not only rat/mice scents) but unusual smelling scents as well.Considering that lysol just absolutely has a horrid smell to it,if i was her i would've bit you too.Most snakes will strike at unfamiliar smells,surroundings,people,etc.its not necessarily a feeding response but a defensive response.

She could possibly have been hungry but unless it was a small rabbit then i doubt it.Wash your hands and arms thoroughly before trying to handle her and see if that dont change the attitude.Snake hooks come in handy but if you know your snake really well and can adjust accordingly to their movements, chances of a biting sequel are going to be slim.I'm by no means an expert but i have ben keeping large snakes for the last 7 years and have only been bit once by a baby blood python by going with my routine.Not saying you should follow it but just an option that works for me.Regards Bill McLeod


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