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Heres some pictures for all of you new/future burm owners.

Discussion in 'Herp Awareness' started by Aosoth, Oct 28, 2004.

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  1. Aosoth

    Aosoth Member

    Make sure you know exactly what your getting into when you decide to get a burm. These are poor quality pictures (but you still get a good idea of what its like) that I just took after my 8 foot albino burm thought I was lunch. Now know, that this is a snake that has slept beside me many times, one that I take to volenteer with that I trust who will be able to tolerate many little children petting him at a time. This was a feeding accident, completly my fault. He was coiled up on my floor, I went over and grabbed him by his tail to pick him up. It is close to his feeding time, so he is hungry. When I touched him he went into that feeding mode, and grabbed onto my wrist. He tried constricting but I was able to grab his body and keep him from wrapping around my wrist. He held onto me for a few seconds and then let go. I quickly left him where he was, got a couple of pics, then washed it out with soap very well. I managed to stop the bleeding, but theres a very good chance he punctured a few veins. If it gets any worse I'm going to have to go to the hospital to get it looked at. The last picture is hard to tell, but you can see the swelling already. The burm you have may be very tame, but remember it is still a wild animal, and when it comes to food and survival, nothing else matters to it. You must never get relaxed when working with them, even just a tiny bit like I did, and if something like this ever happens, you must know what to do beforehand. Your going to want to invest in a very good snake hook for it. If I was using a snakehook to pick him up, this would of never happened. Learn from my mistake, and take heed my words of wisdom, its a lesson you dont want to learn yourself.
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    All I will need is to have it wrapped up for a few days. Theres about 30 seperate puncture marks and a lot of bruising. It probably wont scar, but I'll always be able to feel it like I can with my other old bites.
     
  2. Bitis Gabonica

    Bitis Gabonica Elite Member

    Nasty bite you had there! You obviously reacted to the bite, with the swelling you are getting. Joe has been bitten by both of our largest snakes - Charley a 7.5' boa and Monty a 8.5' carpet python.. both were feeding bites, and equally as painful looking! :p Just goes to show.. always wash your hands after touching food items, and always be careful with any snake.

    That's not to say they are nasty animals,. as you said, they still have their natural instincts no matter how tame they are.
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Elite Member

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. :)
     
  4. Rakoladycz

    Rakoladycz Elite Member

    Looks rather painful... kinda glad Corns dont get so big... :)
     
  5. Aosoth

    Aosoth Member

    It hurts more afterwards then when the snake is chewing on you, especially if you react to it. Am I right that its an allergy? My boa bit me a while ago on my thumb, it swelled for days and felt like like I ran it over with a car, even though just a few teeth punctured the skin. My thumb is still misshapen, and I think theres still a tooth in there, I can feel it. My wrist feels like its broken, not as swollen but I cant do much with it. I dont want to scare any potential owners away from this snake, because they are great snakes, they just need the respect of a wild animal.
     
  6. Jem_Scout

    Jem_Scout Elite Member

    YIKES!! Sorry you got bit! :(
     
  7. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    It's an unfortunate incident, but one we can all learn from. Are you sure you don't have any teeth lodged in there?
     
  8. Ssativa

    Ssativa Subscribed User Premium Member

    A burm did that?!!!!!

    My burms about 6 ft. now. I don't get paid till Saturday and it's been almost two weeks since Dubious's last meal. I hope she doesn't try to eat me. Every time I open her enclosure, She shoots straight out and smells my face and hair. This is good because I never have to struggle to get her to come out and I know she is not fearful of me. I'm not usually fearful of her either, but if I get bit while taking her out, I'm afraid she'll get me right in the face. Do burms just bite out of the blue, or do they act strange first giving you some sort of warning? Also, do you feed your burm inside it's enclosure, or do you have a separate area for feeding? I never feed Dubious inside of her enclosure because I don't ever want her to expect food when I open the door.

    Just curious,
    Thanks :confused:
     
  9. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    Any type of snake can bite at any given time, with or without warning. Most snakes choose not to bite us because we are not a prey animal to them. However accidents can happen.
     
  10. Aosoth

    Aosoth Member

    They often only give you a warning if they're going to stike in fear. All I did was i touched him. He was curled up on my floor, and the second I touched him he was on me. You have to be very careful awound the, especially when they're hungry, and be sure you know exactly what to do if something like that happens to you. A 6 foot snake can do damage, mine is only 8 feet. When burms get bigger its a good idea to feed them in the enclosure because of their feeding reponse. Even after a bug bunny meal my burm is still ready to eat something else, and wouldnt hesitate to try someone who smells like the bunny, and also, it can be very hard finding a container big enough to put one it to feed. Its a very good idea to get a snakehook to use to take it out if its enclosure. If it goes into the feeding mode right away it wont get you if it tries to bite.
     
  11. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Thanks for posting this. It should give perspective Burm keepers something to think about. It sounds like you may have an allergic reaction to the saliva.

    This is not a good idea. Never allow your snake to get anywhere near your face until you have posiitively determined what sort of "mood" the snake is in at the time. Should the snake strike you in the face it very quickly could be coiled around your throat and you would be in big trouble. Pressure on the throat will bring unconsiousness very quickly. Ask any law enforcement officer!
    No matter how docile and "puppy dog tame" they seem they are NOT! They are, and will always be, a wild animal and MUST be treated with respect and caution.

    Never EVER trust them completely!
     
  12. Bitis Gabonica

    Bitis Gabonica Elite Member

    Yeah it does sound like you have some sort of allergy to the saliva. Snakes have an anti- blood clotting agent in their saliva which means a bite will continue bleeding far longer than you'd prefer :p But the swelling and feelings you experience sound more like an allergy. At least you know what happens when you get bitten now and you can be prepared!

    No snake bites out of the blue,. although it may seem out of the blue to us. There is always a reason, be it that the snake is hungry, has some kind of illness, or is just plain ticked off that day!! :D You should get to know your snake's behaviour.. for example we know that our boas will never just bite, unless it is a feeding strike, they will always hiss beforehand so we recognise that they are not too happy to come out that day and we leave them alone.
    Regarding feeding inside or out of the enclosure, some of our snakes are fed in separate feeding tubs, and others are fed in their enclosures, mainly due to the fact that they are too big to be fed anywhere else! You may have the same problem with your burm?? .. if so, always ensure you feed with tongs for starters so that he/she won't mistake your hand for food.
     
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