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Posted by Marwhal on January 02, 2003 at 01:17:26:
As you know I recently got my first pit, a southern pine. You all talk about the pit atitide. I think I'd call it the pit intelligence. I've never had a snake as clever as this one.
I sometimes allow a snake to crawl accross the floor with one hand on it near the tail in order to measure. I've never had a problem with this. I was doing this with my pine when she suddenly did a sort of head fake to the right. Not being used to jerky snakes and since this one in paricular has never really jerked on me before it caught me by surprise. In my stupidity I let go of the tail and reached for where I though she was going. I wasn't alone as my neighbor was watching. Well, we both must have blinked at the same time because the next thing we knew we were staring at a blank piece of carpet and my empty hands. It took over an hour and a half to find her and extract her from the baseboard radiator which has sharp fins along the pipe that she was holding on to. Luckily my neighbor was ther and offered an extra set of hands to get her out. Unfortunately due to my stupidity the snake sustained a couple of superficial scrathes and one of them bled a little. I soaked her and then cleaned th wounds with hydrogen peroxide and am now refraining from handling her for a week while she recovers from her adventure.
Anyway this is just a warning of how fast a snake can move and to their intelligence. They may not be all that smart, but they sure are good at what they do.
P.S. Please do not post any followups chastising me for my stupidity. I understand the mistake I made and it won't happen again.