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Handling Snakes & Educating Others

How to handle a snake properly

  • Wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home.
  • Hold your pet loosely but securely providing complete support with your hands/arms (never put a snake around your head or near your neck).
  • Remember, the younger your snake is, the more active and "jerky" it will be during handling.
  • Some snakes occasionally release a scent when handled—more incentive to always wash your hands after handling your snake. The more you handle this pet, the less this will happen.
  • Give your pet some solitude on feeding day.
  • Don't handle your snake while shedding or feeding.
  • Like all animals snakes may bite. If you are bitten, wash your hands thoroughly and apply antibiotic ointment (the snakes PetSmart sells are not venomous).
  • Supervise children when they're interacting with the family's pet snake.

Be a good snake steward

Try as you may to share your love of snakes, you might still have friends and family members who are afraid of your family pet. By being a good snake steward, you may help many overcome this fear or, at the very least, understand how to appreciate the beauty of a snake, even from afar. Do it by being proactive and ensuring that everyone that handles the pet knows the basics about your snake. Only encourage people to interact with your pet if they are willing. Don't force handling or interaction with the snake on anyone who doesn't welcome it. Just take it slowly and explain the facts and you'll be on your way to spreading the joy of having a snake as part of the family.