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Posted by jasons-jungle on April 23, 2003 at 10:58:01:
In Reply to: Biting 3-Year-Old 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.
I have an absolutely gorgeous pair of San Felipes that I had visitors handle frequently with no issues. We had some company over at our house for the first time and I let him hold the female San Felipe. Within 30 seconds, she did the SAME thing. Kind of rubbed her nose on his hand, then opened up and clamped down. Worse thing is that she WOULDN'T let go!!!!After probably 2 minutes of hoping she'd realize that this guy wasn't a good meal for her, I finally gave up and had to pry her mouth off with a specula. Poor guy left with a nice oval of red marks though. Luckily they didn't scar but it was a while before he came back over and to this day I can't get him to hold another one of my snakes :)
Jason @ Jason's Jungle