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How to Handle a Snake

The experts at Rodent Pro hear some interesting stories about snakes that are mishandled often ending tragically for the handler, the snake or both. So, we decided to write a brief article to teach you how to handle a snake properly. Listed below are the steps to ensure your snake handling efforts are correct:

1. You should always wash your hands before and after handling a snake. Washing your hands before holding your snake ensures that you do not have any smells on your hand that the snake might confuse with food. Snakes are not keen on knowing that your hand is not prey. Many people make this mistake and handle snakes after feeding them or handling small rodents. Snakes will mistake your hand as a tasty morsel.

2. If you need help handling a large snake, GET HELP. It is hard for some individuals to try to handle a large snake so if you need help holding the snake just ask. Often times, people get scared trying to handle large snakes, frightening the snake and causing it to constrict. Having another person with you is just smart.

3. Make sure the snake knows you are present by using both sound and touch. You should gently pat the cage and look for the snake’s tongue to flick signifying that it senses you. Once it is aware you are there, touch the snakes body lightly before picking it up. You should avoid handling a snake that is about to shed or has just eaten.

4. Once you have made the snake aware you are present, you can now lift the snake. We suggest slipping one hand about 1/3 of the way down the snakes body from its head and lift up slowly. You then should put your hand under the last ¼ of the snake to support its weight. Snakes that are recognized as constrictors will most likely wrap their tail around your wrist and forearm. Do not be alarmed and let the snake do this. However, you should prevent the snake from coiling around both hands, neck or your chest.

5. During this whole process you should avoid sudden movements and stay calm and relaxed. If you decide to pet the snake, keep your strokes short as snakes are not social animals like dogs or cats.

6. Once you decide to stop holding your snake, lower it slowly towards its cage. Let the snake move onto a branch or the cage floor by itself and close the lid or door securely when it is in the cage entirely.

7. Lastly, immediately wash your hands again to ensure that any enzymes or germs are washed away.

Now that you can handle a snake like an expert, you should feed your snake the food it deserves. Rodent Pro has quality frozen feeder mice, rats, rabbits and more! Snakes naturally eat these animals so they will be healthy and strong after eating frozen rodents.

 

 

 

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