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Posted by sharrack on February 13, 2003 at 04:09:42:
In Reply to: *Question* 'handling your Heloderma' posted by killatcali on January 14, 2003 at 10:13:10:
I've handled many gilas for the G& F Dept and I've found heavy gloves slippery and and without any feeling. Shape your hand as if your throwing a forkball(baseball talk) and get your first and second finger over the neck. Of course come up behind the lizard!!!! The second hand goes over the pelvis in the same way.
Botttom line- Even cecil Schalbe got nailed by being careless and he's got the cojone's to admit it on national t.v.
They are unpredictable, fast moving and can leap. Beware!.
: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?