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17 Jan 2006

Troubled ?? Tame snake ant so tame anymore - can u help ?
I have a red tail bo constr snake, shes about a year and 2 months.
The problem is that lately shes become violent and agressive, some days shes will let me pick her up and other days she wants to bite me.

Last week i handled her, put her in her feeding tank and a couple of minutes later she striked at me, three times in a row.

Im worried why shes okay one moment and the next shes strikes and hisses at me.

Please help witha any advice or where i can get advice
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

She may be associating you with food - snakes often bite at the hand that feeds them (ie when in the feeding tank, when you smell of prey and they are hungry, they will launch at movement and grab you instead of the prey item). When in the blue (ie just before shedding) handling is uncomfortable and they cannot see well, and will often bite. A snake that is painful for some reason may also start biting.

Good luck
Dr Willemien van Wyk
Bird and exotic animal veterinariani
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