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Posted by sheck3 on April 22, 2003 at 09:16:05:
I am an experienced snake owner who owns a variety of animals. I have a very healthy captive bred female southern California Rosy, about three years old, who, until a few days ago, was the most docile, lovey snake I have ever owned. Suddenly, she has started biting. She doesn't strike: she rubs the side of her head along my hand or arm, then turns, slowly opens her mouth and bites down. Very weird. She is fat and healthy: she has a cage to herself, but there is a juvenile male in another cage in an adjoining room. She ate well less than a week ago. She doesn't appear to be pre-shed.
I've already looked at previous postings regarding biting, and I'm actually encouraged to see so many! I guess this isn't all that unusual. I'm willing to continue handling her while trying the lemon juice/vinegar routine or rubber gloves, but my primary concern is what would cause this change...it's as if her evil twin has taken her place. Can anyone offer information or advice? Thanks.