Hey All!! Well, I made my first major mistake as a snake handler tonight lol. I've made serious husbandry mistakes, but this is the first time I've really made a dumb mistake with handling lol. First, pics. I know you love em First food strike! I had just fed Jacket, and like a COMPLETE idiot, picked up Snakey without washing off the rat smell from my hands. He was sweet and lovely as always, untill he moved around and his nose bumped my finger, he froze, flicked his tongue once, (exactly what he does EVERY time he is about to bite a rat) and bit me before I could put him back. And boy did he hold on!! Eventually i was able to free one hand, grab him behind the head, and gently lift his teeth off of me. i will check tomorrow to make sure i didn't break any teeth. I just feel bad he didn't get to eat The pet food store didn't have any small rats today, and the mediums are too big for him, so i will feed him tomorrow. So class, what have we learned? haha Well, I learned even the most wonderful, calm, docile snakes, will NOT ignore their dinner! He has always been the perfect snake for me. beautiful, shiny, calm, tolerant of poking, prodding, vet visits, medicine injections, no aggression whatsoever, and an EXCELLENT feeder. So, this changes nothing, I know he's the same lovely snake :x, I'm just in need of a good smack on the back of the head lol. :"> Also, Jacket is doing better Today i pulled him out without too much difficulty, he's still jumpy and ****y in his cage, but once he's out he's 10x better than when I got him. he flinches when something touches his back, but he is getting there! Snapped this tonight Then I looked through my photo album, and saw this, I though it was too cute that I got em both like this now This is an old pic, I'll need to get a newer one of him like this. He has grown since then! Especially now that he's bitten his first human, that's gotta be some kind of secret snake-rite-of-passage right? :-"