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Posted by FRAN on February 25, 2003 at 23:51:22:
In Reply to: Ribbon snake HANDLING very skittish posted by CatBlu on February 24, 2003 at 21:45:44:
A snake cannot be tamed but conditioned, however the ribbon snake is one that is too anxious to ever condition. I mean you can hold it for an hour and it will become tired and stress from trying to move, but that is not fair to the snake as that stress will lead to an earlier death from ailments that develop beyond repair due to high stress levels. The ribbon makes and excellent display animal and if you do not handle it, it will not associate you with fear, hence it will not jump all over the cage when you enter the room, but it might take a couple months to adjust. Maybe do it a favor and cover up some of its view outside the cage so it is not as easily startled, and then slowly uncover more of the front as time passes. I would not pick it up at all unless when cleaning its cage and just enjoy its beauty and movements.