We’d like to start off by stating that even docile snak […]
We’d like to start off by stating that even docile snakes can be slightly skittish or nervous when you are in the process of removing them from their enclosure. Sometimes this is due to the temperament of the species, sometimes it is because you are waking up a sleepy snake, and other times, you might unintentionally frighten your snake.The bottom line is that even the best pet snakes do strike out from time to time, and it is usually when they are in the process of being taken out of the cage to be held.And on the other side of things, here are some definite things you want to avoid when picking up your pet snake:Don’t grab the snake by the tail. Many snakes will spin or thrash around if you grab their tail, and this behavior can cause the snake bodily harm.Don’t pick up your snake by its head. Many snakes are “head-shy,” which means that anything suddenly touching the animal’s head will scare it and could result in biting.Don’t let your snake flail around in your grip.
You want the animal to be relaxed and calm, which will happen if you support its body and allow it to feel safe.I own a venomous pet snake.How should I pick it up?We highly recommend that you keep the handling and interaction with venomous snake species to an absolute minimum.Unless you are an expert, playing with, holding, and otherwise having contact with a venomous snake can spell disaster.However, if you feel ready to own a venomous pet snake and you want to remove it from its enclosure, we highly recommend using a snake hook, which we will talk about more below.Should I use a snake hook to pick up my snake?
If you are unfamiliar with what a snake hook is, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a metal tool with a handle on one end and a hook on the other end. They are used to handle venomous, aggressive, or nervous snakes.snake hookThis is what a snake hook looks like. We recommend using them with venomous species as well as aggressive species.Generally, once you get to know your pet snake and its own individual disposition, you’ll be able to read its body language. If your snake is in a defensive posture and you need to pick it up, we recommend using a snake hook.