So I have a sexed male ball python that I have had for about 5 years now, and he and I used to have a good relationship. He used to be so calm and seemed to enjoy being handled and ate very well for me. Recently however, everything has changed about his behavior towards me. I currently feed him 3 rat pups about once a week. and he has no issues gulping them down; however, getting him into his feeding box is a nightmare as I have to come up with new ways to get him out, as he will strike at me when I try to get him out, which he never used to do before. He has even bitten me and latched on to my hand as if it were food, instead of releasing my hand once he "realized" that my hand was obviously too big of prey for him. I am at a loss for what occurred to make this behavior change, as I thought my feeding him bigger prey would make him more calm, and act like a regular, chill Ball. If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should be doing differently, I would greatly appreciate it, as I now am nervous to take him out to even handle him outside of feeding times, and miss being able to hold him without fear of being made a meal out of. Thank you.