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I was told to hold my corn snake every day but he bites so much that he wont let me hold him. What should i do

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Mitchell Lannan 
Asked at 2011.04.07 22:50:59
I feed him in a separate tank and i feed him twice a week and i have had him for 3 weeks but he just keeps on biting me
answer ftfisher4x4  Answered at 2011.04.07 22:50:59
Did you give the snake at least a week to settle into his new environment (preferably two), with no feeding or holding? If not, the snake is still stressed from the move and the stress is compounded by the big, scary could be predator thing (you) that won't leave him alone.

Give the snake a chance to settle in, and then start slowly. Every few days (wait two days after feeding), briefly handle the snake...keep the sessions very short at first, slowly lengthening the time as you go. Get some heavy leather gloves to minimize actual bites. The snake won't like the feel or taste of the leather. Learning to use a hook to lift the snake would not be a bad idea either. Try not to approach then snake from directly above or head on. This is how predators, especially predatory birds, would attack. Approach from behind, place one hand about a third of the way up from the rear under the snake lift and in the same motion, bring the other hand along the underside of the body up to about a third of the way back from the head. Let the snake move on its own, "rope walking" your hands so that the snake doesn't feel restrained. Eventually, the snake will come to trust that you mean it no harm and learn to tolerate being handled.
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