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Posted by christomas on April 24, 2003 at 04:59:24:
In Reply to: New banana king "rattling" and striking.... posted by MSUdiverbabe on April 24, 2003 at 01:01:43:
:Hey guys! I'm a first time snake owner and I just bought my first snake, a baby banana king, yesterday. He's been great and I'm really happy with him. He's such a cutie! =) Anyway, last night when I tried to get him out of his cage he coiled up in a striking position and began "rattling" his tail. When I tried to pet him he struck at me, so I backed off. He kept striking at the glass, but after awhile settled down. I actually think I might have startled him, which is why he struck. My boyfriend also said that he struck at him today when he tried to get him out. My question is this: he seems pretty skittish at times, but will he eventually get over this? Once he gets picked up he's very tame and no trouble at all. Thanks for any help!
:Most hathlings are nippy. It is their defense mechanism since in the wild, they are usually prey items to other larger, fiercer animals. Hatchlings feel that every bigger creature they meet are out to eat them. Most will get over this as they grow bigger and mature. Regular gentle handling will also help