Hello everyone!! wonderful site by the way. decided it was time to become a member. i have had ball pythons, cornsnakes, and boas for years, and finally decided to get a retic. I purchased a reticulated python almost 2 months ago (good breeder), she's almost four months old now. it's a very odd story, but I;m trying to pin down why she bit me.. I considered myself very lucky with her, she was sweet as pie from the moment I touched her. I gave her her acclimating time, then took her out often, and she was wonderful, she was curious but very calm, and would curl up with me while I sat reading for hours. I made sure I didn't overload her and gradually increased her time out. she would become rather agitated somedays, and be squirming around, so id just put her back for some alone time. well the power was out for about 12 hours, so I put temporary heat pads in all the snakes' cages. i wash my hands obsessively inbetween. snakes. i took my retic out last night and put her pad in. this morning the power was back on, so I pulled her out. i have to admit she is close to becoming my favourite and gets handled first. she ate a week ago she shed almost 2 weeks ago, and I was double checking her for burns and saw a piece of shed near her tail. walked out the the kitchen, she was calm. wet my hand and gave her a short soak. she was calm. i was holding her just looking her over and she bit me. i dropped her (i know im sorry!!) about 3 inches into the sink id been holding her over. i washed my hands and was walking towards the sink and she kept striking at anything. i threw a dishtowel over her, and she kept striking that. so I grabbed her head and very gentle put her back in her cage. she continued to strike at my hand as I pulled away, and at the glass towards me. i covered her cage with a blanket, and now near 12 hours later I peeked under the blanket and she came out and kept striking. i'm confused as to what may have caused this sudden extreme change. i know retics are more aggressive, but am concerned about how her bites will be so much worse later on.. also.. ive heard it referred to as the puberty phase, in retics. whatever info you may know, please tell me incase I dont!! also, i'm apprehensive about her now.. im suspicious that shell be more... "ok" with biting me now that she has drawn blood.. i saw no warning signs, no retreating, no aggravation. anything you have to say on retics, biting, or anything, please do. also, how should I treat her from now on? i hope someone may shed some light on what I did to get my first bite!! thank you so much.