OK, (I'm not even sure this is technically where this thread belongs) I have always heard that it's safer to feed with tongs. I have had VERY few incidents feeding my snakes, but I thought I'd break down and buy a pair anyways. Can never be too safe and all that. Last night, I was feeding one of my BP's, dangling the rodent like normal. She usually has a good feeding response. She won't eat if I just leave it there. I still have to dance it around for her. Instead of striking the rat like she usually would, she just struck straight for my hand, and connected. She has never bit anyone, ever, for any reason. And I usually feed her by dangling rodents by the tail using my hands in front of her! I think this must just be a fluke.