Was wondering about handling and carrying ball pythons around for the first time. . . We've had ours for a couple of months and my husband has picked them up, moved them around, fed them, and all that, however, we've not taken them out and held them, nor passed them around yet with the kids. I think it would be important to start, and soon, as they tend to always be interested in attention, however, if one strikes, that would be the end of the session for my husband. I can't really determine their aggressiveness, as they seem pretty docile, but the female with watch everything pretty closely sometimes, almost like she's hungry, but perhaps it's just for attention. We have passed around our RTB, and he struck just the one time that he was pulled back by the tip of his tail.