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Posted by NZ on April 20, 2003 at 02:55:41:
In Reply to: new gtp posted by steve1488 on April 19, 2003 at 00:53:47:
They are very smart animals, they can adapt to their environment when they have to. How long have you had him/her? If they are used to your presence that's a good start. Like any other snake species they will become less defensive, that's just how they are genecially programed, but with age and repetition they will outgrow it. Just listen to your gut feeling, you'll know when the animal is stressed through their behavior. If you don't mind getting bit just do what you have to do, clean the cage and make sure you move slow and easy and don't go too close, work your way around him/her at first. After a week start geeting a little closer, and the next week even closer, handle him/her once every couple of days, specially before each feeding. At first they might not eat then, but I think that's the most effective and long-term approach, at least for me. Before you know it they will realize your roll is not a preditory one.
:I just got a gtp and i was wondering the best way to pick him/her up when i clean the cage cause it is mean as it can be striling even when i mist the cage.ive been bitten by him/her like 5 times so i dont mind i just dont want to stress the animal out.I have 4 other snakes so i know how to take care of him/her just want to know the best way to clean the cage. thanks