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Posted by duffy on April 23, 2003 at 16:38:05:
In Reply to: Black Rat/Yellow Rat Integrade posted by SnakesAndDragons on April 23, 2003 at 09:22:17:
How small/young is he? Is he wild caught or captive bred? Young rats of both kinds (and their intergrades) can certainly be pretty pissy at first. Seems to me that there's plenty of individual differences. I have had luck with mine. Even my little Texas rat, who started out nippy and aggressive, has calmed down alot with just a few months of regular handling. She was feisty enough that I still "expect" her to strike at me every time I pick her up...and she almost never does anymore. Even when she was little, though, after about 30 seconds of handling she would calm right down and stop biting. It's usually the initial pickup where they still think that they can get you to leave them alone. Hopefully, with regular, careful handling, yours will calm down, too. Good luck. Duffy
Oh...If he proves to be a real tough one....and he makes you hesitate to pick him up...try latex gloves...the really thin kind that janitors and health care folks use. YOU will feel more confident to do the pick up, and your snake will probably not like the latex taste. A good learning experience for both of you. D
:I have a small integrade that is very aggresive, is this usual. He takes a defensive posture when ever you are near the cage and has struck the cage several times.