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Posted by Rob Carmichael on January 14, 2003 at 13:20:54:
In Reply to: *Question* 'handling your Heloderma' posted by killatcali on January 14, 2003 at 10:13:10:
We keep a pair of gilas at our wildlife center that are used for display and educational purposes. Although they are laid back, we NEVER take this for granted...they can be surprisingly fast in a sudden lunge. When we handle them (with gloves...most of the time) we always pin them gently behind the neck. Once securely in hand, they tend to settle down quickly but once again, we never let our guard down. A bite from a gila is extremely painful and dangerous; it only takes one split second of misjudgement to put your life in real danger.
:How do you keepers handle your gilas and beadeds? Are they that layed back in captivity that they dont even think about biting..or do you not free-handle them at all?