Defensive Diamond Python - Adult

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  1. behemoth

    behemoth New Member

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    Hey guys

    I recently acquired a 6ft diamond python in a ballot and as such don't know it's history other than it was seized in a raid.

    Initially handling it definetly was uncomfortable and seemed to be getting defensive. One I put in a temporary tank it just sat there and tried to strike through the glass.

    I put a sheet over the tank and after a few hours it calmed down. I then left it alone to calm down.

    I moved it to its permanent cage the other day and got extremely defensive behaviour again, moving to a corner and sitting poised, couple of strikes at the glass.

    It seems to freak out if a hook or hand touches it and I am now wondering of possibly it was wild caught or just stuck in a enclosure and never handled.

    I am wondering if anyone has any advice on how I can get it used to handling without stressing it out too much or getting bitten too much.

    Thanks in advance for your time.
     
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    Hard to say what the issue may be without knowing the history, but some snakes are just highly reactive some of the time. I have a male RSP which behaves in much the same way some of the time, and it can make feeding quite frustrating - once that stiffening of the body, striking, and other threat behaviour kicks in, forget offering food for a day or two at least. But at other times all is normal. I think patience will be the answer, just as a mistreated dog needs reassurance and time to relax.

    If you have other snakes however, be sure to quarantine your new acquisition very thoroughly - it could have come from anywhere.

    Jamie
     
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