Watersnakes are active, high-metabolsim snakes that need to feed relatively frequently. Most species are rather foul tempered when confronted in the wild, and will often bite savagely and expel musk and feces (your "squirt"). They often can be found basking during warm days around the edges of waterways and usually hunt at night during the summer months. In captivity, some watersnakes will settle down and will lose their biting/musking instincts. Some however, remain foul-tempered to the end. Generally the younger the snake, the quicker it adjusts to captivity. I provide my Watersnakes with daytime basking lamps. I like that it encourages them to come out of hiding to bask and thus be visible. They also enjoy the security of having deep water in their cages. Hope this helps and don't hesitate with any more questions.