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View Poll Results: How often do you handle your snakes (per month, per snake)?

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    How often do you handle your snakes?

    I was surprised by the frequency of handling in another thread, so I figured I'd make a poll to see how often people really handle their snakes.

    It's surely going depend on the snake, but just an on average estimation would work.

    I handle my snakes pretty rarely because they act well when I do, except for my scrub, which I need to handle more until she calms down, it's just hard to do in the current setup.
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    Re: How often do you handle your snakes?

    I tend to try to handle them at least once to twice a week but I have a lot of stuff going on atm and I don't mind being nipped too much so I tend to let them do their thing if they look healthy. It really depends on if you want a well "tamed" snake, if you handle it alot then it'll become accustomed to the handling but if you stop they tend to relapse to their instincts a bit

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    Re: How often do you handle your snakes?

    I might handle my snakes an average of once a week for 10-15 minutes but I do try to let them out to free roam for longer time periods. I've also gone months without handling them except during cage maintenance. I don't see any correlation between frequency of handling and snake defensiveness.
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    If by "handle" you mean "put a hand on them to let you know that you're not a threat" then it's every day unless they are in shed or digesting because when I check them I reach into the enclosure and touch them or give them a light rub for a few seconds. If you are talking about getting them out for exercise then once or twice a week, again unless they are in shed or digesting.

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    Re: How often do you handle your snakes?

    Everyone gets handled briefly once a week for cage cleaning. This is usually just a quick pick up, quick visual inspection, then into a plastic tub while I clean their cage. About once a month I'll take some out to take pictures so they'll get handled a little bit more during that process. Other than that I don't handle the adults all that often. Most of them are calm and I haven't noticed them get more/less cranky with more frequent handling. If I have any younger snakes I will handle those more often. Typically after a litter is born I leave them alone for a month or two with minimum handling until they're eating well. Once they're eating reliably I try to hold them 1-3 times a week, usually just for a few minutes at a time to get them used to being handled without stressing them out too much.

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    Re: How often do you handle your snakes?

    Depends on the snake honestly. I donít handle my sand boa much because sheís always hiding so I donít really feel the incentive to take her out. My bp and boa I take out 3-5 times a week and they donít mind.


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    A few times a year.

    Its been my experience that frequency of handling isn't necessary to 'tame' (I don't like that word when referring to snakes).

    Over a several year period where I was gathering information (weight/sex/temps/location) on wild snakes for a university, I picked up a ton of Bullsnakes (one weekend was 25 snakes). I don't use gloves, hooks and I don't restrain their heads while I'm gathering information...I can only remember one trying earnestly to bite me over a several year period...he failed, I got all his stats without restraining him, and we parted amicably.

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    Re: How often do you handle your snakes?

    I hold or let mine roam for at least an hour a day so if I need to skip a day she doesnít get aggitatedI

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    Depends on what you mean by handling, like bcr229 I generally put hands on my snakes daily, I pull them once a week for a quick once over of both them and cage but as far as sitting down with them, handling and letting them roam around, I'd say 1-2 times a month. More or less depending on my schedule and weather.
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    Re: How often do you handle your snakes?

    I'll have my young boa out 3-5 days per week, but only she seems to be one of those snakes that appreciates out-of-enclosure time. If she were a more nervous individual I'd only have her out once or twice to keep her tame. Sometimes it's just a quick pick-up-and-check, other times I'll let her climb on me or put out some snake-friendly structures for her to climb on, but most of the time she's content to just sit and chill in my hand. It all depends on what her inclination seems to be that day. I keep handling sessions to about 15 minutes and won't take her out more than three days in a row, less than 48 hours after eating, or if she's in blue.
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