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Posted by Sybella on April 23, 2003 at 22:04:10:
In Reply to: Re: Newbie Feeding Questions posted by Andre1 on April 18, 2003 at 13:33:24:
I have had a retic for 19 years and consider myself lucky to have only been bitten 3 times, ever. The last time happened more than 15 years ago.
As we all know, retics have a great feeding response. Every time the door opens, my girl thinks it's feeding time. I have to diffuse her feeding response before anything else.
Her original enclosure was built into the tv section of an entertainment center and the nearest thing to put in between me and her face was a paperback book. Once she sees the book, she mellows right out. That's what I've used ever since. I joke about her being "book" trained.
I've never bothered with the seperate enclosure for eating. I always thought it was silly because once retics eat, they think they're going to get more anyway. They're going to be agressive inside that seperate enclosure where you've trained them to eat and you'll have problems getting them back in their regular house.
So, what I'm trying to say is...The most important thing you need to do is establish a routine that works for you. As long as both you and the snake are safe, do it how you need to.