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Posted by Jeremy G on October 08, 2002 at 06:30:31:
In Reply to: Re: Love at first sight... posted by Chance on October 07, 2002 at 14:25:13:
Venomoids do not know. My freind had a venomoid Blk Pak that would strike for your jugular everytime! That snake was crazy, always cocking up and strikeing! One of the worst acting specimens of Naja I have ever seen!
As for venomoids calming down, almost any snake will calmm down with frequent handleing. Ive seen Kings, kaothia and even polylepis that were dog tame, even though still fully loaded! They were handled in typical ozzy fasion and just didnt have the urge to kill you. However, ive seen some cottons, Crotalus and cobras which were handled as gently as can be for their comfort yet still went balistic everytime they were touched(my big cotton
is like this). Its a specimen by specimen thing and no one should dive into any snake because of their so called, docile nature. Any snake can have a bad scale day and any sp can have crazy kin.
My 2 pennies,
::I'm still a few years away from owning hots, and even a few more away from owning elapids, but I still want to know if this is typical of mozambiques, or spitters in general?
:Most likely this cobra has just been very numbed to human contact. I have a monocled cobra that is a venomoid (though she certainly wasn't supposed to be) that has the most awesome temperament. However, my other two intact monocleds are nightmares. My two baby blacknecked spitters are both in tact and rather docile, however they are very flighty and will get hissy and hood sometimes, and could certainly do some damage. My little black and white spitter is probably one of my more dangerous cobras, as he's very quick to hood and lunge. I've never handled mozambiques myself, but from what I've heard and just seeing cobras and getting a general idea about them, their temperaments all vary so widely that you can't make generalizations. It would be dangerously foolish for you or anyone to assume that all Mozambiques are docile from your experiences with that one venomoid. Though I'm sure you wouldn't get an intact snake and handle it like you do that venomoid. From what I've noticed, venomoid snakes seem to almost know that they are defenseless (elapids anyway) and therefore don't really try much of anything. My monocled will sometimes hiss and hood, but she never strikes. Just whatever you do, don't become complacent.