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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    Don't beat yourself up! I have an adult California king that is always handled with gloves. Nasty little beggar will strike and start trying to swallow your finger. The bite itself isn't that bad but when he starts to grinding those jaws to work your finger down his throat it hurts!
    If it takes wearing gloves to make you more at ease handling then wear them!
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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves



    Our cali king's the same: musk l don't mind, but the speed of a tag does get to me. He struck yesterday and l did have latex gloves on. He took a lump out of them..
    Make sure they're thick enough but not over the top thick, if you know what l mean..
    It's the coiling round and trying to get him off me that gets to me...in case he strikes again..
    But one thing to remember calis are known to be food aggressive ...if it's feeding time leave it for a few days afterwards before picking him up...or trying to..

    Cheers and good luck !!

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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    I know. I never pick him up after he eats. I don't need him regurgitating on top of everything.

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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    Yeah when you're jumpy it's going to make him jumpy which makes everything worse. Just make sure even when you have your gloves on to approach him gently.

    My king Joe bites...he bites allot. He never use to be and I always handled him but then he got a 'personality'. I'm kind of use to it now. I remember when I first got him and he was a little worm I use to do things I'd NEVER do now (like sit him on my shoulder and he'd climb up my hair and around the front of my glasses and lick my eyes). I can't believe I did that now. I don't use gloves but sometimes it takes a couple reminders to myself to realize I'm bigger then him lol. I'd recommend tight leather gloves. I bet you if you start wearing long sleeves with gloves you'll be a lot calmer and so will he.

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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    Over the years I've done a lot of reading on kings and it is interesting that they have so many psychological problems and personality changes and I guess that is so with all types of snakes. I think the long sleeves will help us both along with the gloves which I am getting ASAP!

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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    You can also consider using a snake hook to get him out of the terrarium or feeding box. Many snakes will strike when they are being taken out, but once they are out, they are calmer. (It must be scary having a giant hand come after you from above).
    Being able to use a snake hook (or hooks) is a good skill to have with bad-tempered or larger snakes. Just reach in with the hook and gently lift him about 1/3 down from his head. You can also use the hook to shift him out of the way if you just want to reach in and get his water bowl out or something.
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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    When l clean Rocky out he's always there at the front watchin me think he knows when its changing water time..
    Love the buggar to bits but if only he would think...well might as well calm down he won't hurt me..
    He's in post shed now looking really grey he's 28in so only another foot or so to go ...jeez don't know what that's gonna be like when he's fullgrown..
    But what a awesome rep...
    Just keep the faith and try to be happy with ye rep...seems strange when ye know it aint poisonous we still get the jitters with them...

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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    these guys are so not like other pets. They seem to not remember good stuff like when I go in this tank I eat or she isn't going to hurt me, she's my mommy. They can't rationalize and it's difficult to remember that sometimes, but you love them no matter what.

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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    Yes, unfortunately we can never trust a snake, but still love them. It is not nice to get bitten, it is not the pain but the shock of what just happened.

    You havent posted a pic of your Cali yet, please share.
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    Re: Snake Handling Gloves

    I only have the grey-banded. My friend had a cali. He got mean too. lol

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