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Posted by Erinszoo on February 28, 2003 at 14:42:11:
In Reply to: Ribbon snake HANDLING very skittish posted by CatBlu on February 24, 2003 at 21:45:44:
These snakes are pretty highly strung. Some can be handled easily as long as don't try to restrict them - ie. let them crawl on you . . . others never seem to calm down. Do you have to reach down from the top of your tank to get to him? We found if we set the tanks on their sides and reach in at their level, they were calmer than if we were always removing a lid and reaching down (like a bird). How old is this snake and how long have you had it? juveniles tend to be more receptive to accomodating daily handling but if it's an older snake, I'd just stay hands off. So, too, I've had snakes that took six months to a year to become comfortable in their surroundings enough that they didn't jump or hide or run whenever someone came near.
Time may be your best bet.