O.k. Here It goes... Yes, because I had a lot of questions when I first came to Herp Center. I did not handle the White Lipped Python for a week. It did not do him any good...he escaped on the 8th day after a feeding trial and I found him on the floor 5 weeks later dehydrated!!! I also did not handle my wild caught Eastern Garter (for obvious reasons). But every other snake since the White Lipped, I have handled BECAUSE I learned from this life threatening mistake of letting a snake to its own frightened devices. What if I were a big snake eating giant? They would not know for a whole week, now would they? And I guarantee you this: It is much more devastating to sit in the hot dark, attic for 4 1/2 weeks hauling in buckets of mulch, spreading flour on the floor, and turning live mice into little tupperware traps just to find your still breathing, already internally shut down snake on the floor as you rush to the sink and try to give him fluids for an hour before you finally give up. Get over myself??? I did. And now I DO what is best for my herps. I establish trust. P.S. I have since then housed the WC Eastern Garter and currently the extremely active, extremely strong, adult Children's Python in the same enclosure with no escape mishaps.