Hey all My 11 month old diamond is settled and smashing everything i give him. I've handled him very sparingly so far with very mixed results. A few times have been excellent, he was keen to move around and explore. Other times he has coiled tightly around me hand and not moved, one occasion he thought my hand was food cause he started mouthing? Different spots trying to figure out how to eat me! Anyways ive been looking up vids and threads trying to establish some good techniques. Basically i have 2 problems. One is simply my confidence is shot, ive been bitten by him numerous times and am not scared of the pain more my reaction, i dont want to flinch and hurt him. The other big problem im having is getting him out of the enclosure. Its a 27L click clack with pretty steep sides so it always feels like im coming from above him which will stress him. I have bought a proper hook and have seen in videos people will rub their snake and this will bring them out of their strike pose. This doesnt really work for him, seems to agitate him. Twice now ive decided to get him out for handling but have ended up stopping as his body language remains unhappy. At no point has he not fed for me and he always smashes the food in about 10 seconds. Have put him on 2 fuzzies a week, will be going to weanies once fuzziez are run out. I know some people say only handle your snakes when necessary and im happy if thats what ive gotta do but i want to be able to weigh him every now and then/bathe him and just not have him stressed when i do need to get him out.