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Posted by natural on November 26, 2002 at 06:51:06:
In Reply to: one weird boy ~ ETB posted by emeraldgirl on November 25, 2002 at 15:55:49:
:This guy eats like a champ, he's got good weight and disposition, and is a great breeder... and for some reason, he HATES being sprayed...?
:When I spay him, he whips his head off the branch, along with 3/4 of his body, and hits all the branches on the way down. After that, he simply climbs right back to the top, and drinks the water off the glass. So Iv'e been taking him out, spaying the glass, then putting him back. Just thought I'd share that with other possibly bored people like myself...:) and if you have any suggestions or comments, post a reply. Thanx
One of my best basins used to react like this when I sprayed her by hand.Make sure you are using warm water,and spray around the snake before spraying the snake.It's interesting that now that i have a mist system, none of my snakes react in this way.I have conditioned all of my snakes to trust the touch of my hand
so when she would flail her tail' I would reach in the cage and gently hold her tail, which seemed to calm her down.Tree boas are very sensitive in their tail region, and you can tell how they are reacting to you by how fast they pull away from your hand.If they move fast ,you have some work to do.If they allow you to gently hold this area, you can build trust from there.Also,as the snake slides through your hands, very gently hold and release, hold and release,hold and release.This conditiones the snake to realize
that your hands can be trusted, and that when you hold them,you will also release them.I train animals for a living and also do massage therapy on them as well.I believe that you
can comunicate with them through touch.
Sorry about getting off topic,but I love arboreals and am fascinated by all aspects of their care and reproduction.
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